Presentation on theme: "John Adams 1735-1826, Federalist Alien and Sedition Acts Tension between Feds & Reps; Feds in control of Congress ALIEN ACT; president can imprison/expel."— Presentation transcript:
John Adams , Federalist
Alien and Sedition Acts Tension between Feds & Reps; Feds in control of Congress ALIEN ACT; president can imprison/expel foreigners considered dangerous SEDITION ACT: restricted freedom of the press; criticizing the government was illegal.
Federalists Supported Acts; Alien Act affected Republican population (immigrants tended to join Rep. Party); Sedition Act meant to silence government opposition. Hey! I’m an avocado
Republicans Opposed Acts; Knew the Act was created to limit power of Republican Party; Sedition Act a violation of Constitution (1 st Amendment)
Results/Effects Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions “nullified” both acts- States could nullify federal laws if they wanted to. Heated up tension between Reps. and Feds.