That was a video explaining what the Alien and Sedition Acts were, and what they did.

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That was anohter greaat video on The Alien and Sedition Acts.



The Alien and Sedition Acts were 4 bills that John Adams signed in 1798, to help them give the federalists the most power in government. The Alien Acts granted the president too much power. With this Act passed, he could send any immigrant back where they came from. This was supposedly supposed to help against the French, so a French person could not persuade an American that they should help the French fight for independence. Even though that was what it was said to do, it was mainly because immigrants were most likely to vote for Jefferson than Adams. The sedition acts basically went against the Bill of Rights and took the peoples freedom of speech away. Anyone who spoke out against government could be arrested and even sentenced to death. This act violated the people's right to freedom of speech.
The Sedition Acts had an expiration date of March 3, 1801, the day before Adams term came to an end.


Vice President Thomas Jefferson strongly disagreed with these acts being passed. In fact, he urged states to nullify, or cancel, The Alien and Sedition acts. Kentucky and Virginia were the only two states that listened to Jefferson. Kentucky and Virginia passed resolutions saying that states have the right to say if a law is constitutional.

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This is president John Adams who signed the Alien and Sedition Acts. He was the second president.


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That is the original Alien Act. As you can see president John Adams signed this document on June 25, 1798.
(I made the picture this big so you could read it if you wanted to)



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That is the original Sedition. As you can see president John Adams signed this document on June 14, 1798.
(I made the picture this big so you could read it if you wanted to)





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