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Alien and Sedition Acts


Still, the infamous Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 must be seen in the context of the time, and the context was tumult and fear.
David McCullough  --  John Adams
  laws passed by John Adams in 1798 — most of which are today are considered to have been an abuse of political power
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Alien and Sedition Acts Alien and Sedition Act
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The laws were enacted to protect against foreign agents and disunity during a time of war. Thomas Jefferson and most historians considered the acts to be an unconstitutional infringement upon liberty.
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  • Still, the infamous Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 must be seen in the context of the time, and the context was tumult and fear.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Adams later spoke of the Alien and Sedition Acts as war measures.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Written in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts, Jefferson’s Kentucky Resolutions declared that each state had a "natural right" to nullify federal actions it deemed unconstitutional.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The Kentucky Resolutions, which had passed in November, were an open challenge to the authority of the central government and a measure both of Jefferson’s revulsion over the Alien and Sedition Acts and the seriousness with which he regarded states’ rights.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams

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  • Despite the malicious attacks on him, the furor over the Alien and Sedition Acts, unpopular taxes, betrayals by his own cabinet, the disarray of the Federalists, and the final treachery of Hamilton, he had, in fact, come very close to winning in the electoral count.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Jefferson in his four years as Vice President had so effectively separated himself from Adams and the administration that he could be held accountable for nothing that had disappointed, displeased, or infuriated anyone, whereas Adams was held forever accountable for the new taxes, the Alien and Sedition Acts, the standing army, and a host of other "menaces," as said Philadelphia’s ,aurora.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Alien and Sedition Acts [8] , XYZ Affair [9] , French and Indian War [6] , Battle of Waterloo [8] , XYZ Affair [9]
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