Clyde Wilson connects to the historical relevance of nullification. American History textbooks have worked hard to attach the principle of nullification to slavery and segregation. While nullification was used to protect those less savory institutions, the idea was largely introduced to the American political system by Thomas Jefferson (author of the Declaration of Independence) and James Madison (also known as "The Father of the Constitution"). In other words, the notion that states have the authority to reject unconstitutional actions of the federal government is grounded in the ideals of the Founders.
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