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    freedom of speech and press. Thomas Jefferson called the Alien and Sedition Acts “an experiment on the American mind to see how far it will bear all avowed violation of the Constitution.” Thomas Jefferson and James Madison helped draft the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions which both protested the acts through the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions. "That the General Assembly of Virginia, doth unequivocally express a firm resolution to maintain and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of this State, against every aggression either foreign or domestic, and that they will support the government of the United States in all measures warranted by the former. That this assembly most solemnly declares a warm attachment to the Union of the States, to maintain which it pledges all its powers; and that for this end, it is their duty to watch over and oppose every infraction of those principles which constitute the only basis of that Union, because a faithful observance of them, can alone secure its existence and the public happiness…" (Encyclopedia of American History Documents 454) The Virginia Resolution used the idea of “interposition” by the states. Resolution stated that when the government acts beyond their limits of the Constitution, the states…

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    laws passed under the name of the Alien & Sedition Acts. The Alien portion of the Acts increased the years someone had to live in America to gain citizenship and also gave the government the power to imprison or deport immigrants under the suspicion that they were spies. The Sedition portion restricted all American citizens from saying anything controversial about the government. The Alien & Sedition Acts were unconstitutional because newspaper editors and many others were arrested for…

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    In the time leading up to the drafting of the Alien and Sedition Acts, distinct political parties were forming. The Federalists, who supported the act and were mainly elites, and the Democratic-Republicans, who did not and were mainly working class. The existence of these opposing political opinions led to rapid increase of tensions in the U.S. The government, which was majority Federalist. The Federalists had an unfair advantage and could pass laws to suppress the Democratic-Republicans from…

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    was wealthy or poor; a citizen or an alien; young or old - they were impacted by a vote of congress. This was the date that the first of the four acts known as the Alien and Sedition Acts were passed and became responsible for upsetting America’s balance.1 The decision to pass these acts impacted everything and the public did not completely approve. There were many issues with these acts that lead to them being repealed. In the 1790s, there was a wide political divide in America between the…

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    alliance, despite the implementation of the Neutrality Acts, the British attacked American vessels in the French West Indies. They seized 300 merchant ships and hundreds of seamen, some of whom they employed on their own ships and others they incarcerated in dungeons. In 1794 Washington sent John Jay to London to treat with the British about their violations of America’s neutral rights but, due in part to Hamilton selling out Jay’s bargaining tactics to the Britons, he instead ended up binding…

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    Thomas Jefferson & the Alien and Sedition Acts In June and July of 1798 conservative Federalists pushed a series of repressive measures through Congress. They were known as the Alien and Sedition Acts. As it is stated in American Destiny: Narrative of a Nation, “the Alien Enemies Act gave the president the power to arrest or expel aliens in time of ‘declared war.’ ” The Alien Act also gave the president the ability to expel all aliens that he thought were “dangerous to the peace and safety of…

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    President John Adams has just passed a new act, the alien and sedition act. The Alien act makes it much harder for anyone it become a citizen. To become a legal citizen you have to have lived here for fifteen full years instead of five years like it has been in the past. This act also gives our president the power to kick any illegal alien out of the country, in simple terms making immigration illegal. The Sedition part of the act means this, that we have lost our freedom of speech. Now, that…

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    Other than all the powers that the President already possesses, does the president have the powers to pass such laws as the Alien and Sedition Acts? The Alien and Sedition Acts are laws that included powers to ban foreigners as well as making it harder for new immigrants to vote. Previously, a new immigrant would have to live in the United States for five years before becoming eligible to vote, but a new law raised this to fourteen years. Both the Alien and Sedition Acts were signed into law by…

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    The Sedition Acts of 1798, also known as Alien and Sedition Acts, established a controversial stand point of the people. This act was passed by the Federalists and signed into by President John Adams. At the time, Federalists and Republicans were of the opposite opinions. The purpose of this act was for the Federalists to gain control and limit the power of the Republican party. According to the History.com Staff (2009), “…the Sedition Act imposed harsh penalties on anyone found guilty of making…

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    A few months ago, the final part of the Alien and Sedition Acts was passed by the Federalist Congress and signed into law by President John Adams. Rumor is that the acts were made to prepare for a battle with France, our current enemy as of their hostility at sea. The Acts are a grave mistake by the Federalists, for they could lead to the downfall of our country. The Alien and Sedition Acts consists of four sinful laws. The first law is the Naturalization Act, which demands a minimum residency…

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