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State nullification was a vital part of the American federal system up to 1860.
Horace Greeley, abolitionist editor of the New York Tribune, urged state nullification to followers of the Republican Party, which "naturally stand on the States-Rights doctrine of Jefferson.
To start, the historical reality of nullification is less glorious than one would likely infer from Finkel's account (pp.
31) Given the pervasive racial and ethnic tensions in the United States,(32) Finkel should have analyzed this concern carefully before concluding that nullification is a phenomenon worth celebrating.