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Chapter 10.5 John Adams takes office as the 2 nd POTUS Though George Washington had made precedents for future presidents to follow – John Adams would.

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1 Chapter 10.5 John Adams takes office as the 2 nd POTUS Though George Washington had made precedents for future presidents to follow – John Adams would get to do something that George Washington did not get to Live and work at the White House… – At least when its done.

2 President Adams arrives in Washington, D.C.

3 Pres. Adams Goals while in office Improve relations with the French – Hated not being able to help during the French Revolution Meanwhile, – French privateers have been attacking American ships…. Not this again…

4 Pres. Adams sends U.S. diplomats to France U.S. Diplomats – People sent to other countries to do represent America. What was their job? – To get France to stop attacking our ships French foreign minister refused to talk to us….hes still a little mad. – So he sends 3 secret agents to talk to us…

5 The XYZ Affair….A Musical p?video_id=364 p?video_id=364

6 XYZ Affair…a Summary France wanted us to pay just to discuss a treaty: – $250,000 – Loan $12,000,000 We say No thanks – Then, we build the worlds largest naval ships… Led by USS Constitution – Nicknamed Old Ironsides

7 USS Constitution Carried up to 60 cannons – 30 per side Almost twice as much gun power as the average privateer Do you think the privateers will attack this ship?

8 USS Constitution, today

9 France agrees to a treaty 1800 – Pres. Adams finally gets a treaty signed with France Took almost 4 years! – The public was very upset about how Pres. Adams handled the French… Started writing terrible things about the President in the newspapers…

10 President Adams tries to silence the public Pres. Adams wants to keep the public from attacking the government – Passes the Alien and Sedition Act Alien act – POTUS can have foreign residents removed from the US if they speak out against the United States Sedition Act – Made it illegal to write, print, speak, or publish any hostile words against the government or its policies… – Does this sound like a president or a mad king trying to quiet the citizens?

11 VPOTUS Jefferson disagrees with the POTUS VP Jefferson wants to discuss with Pres. Adams why he should not pass these laws: Reasons: – Will make POTUS very unpopular – US Constitution, 1 st Amendment » Freedom of speech, press, etc. What do you think Pres. Adams says?

12 VP and POTUS discuss the Alien and Sedition Acts

13 So where does this get us? The laws stay in effect – Pres. Adams becomes very unpopular – VP Jefferson believes that A & S Acts are unconstitutional Writes the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions – Says individual states can argue that a law made by Congress that is not in the U.S. Constitution can be wrong » Democratic –Republican States should have more power than federal government Bring on the election of 1800…

14 Review Questions What is the XYZ Affair? What are the Alien and Sedition Acts? What is the USS Constitution?


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