Presentation on theme: "ALIEN AND SEDITION: AWFUL AND SORRY Chapter 8. The Laws are Passed The Federalist Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Acts 1798 Adams signed them."— Presentation transcript:
The Laws are Passed The Federalist Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Acts 1798 Adams signed them 3 Alien Acts 1 Sedition Act
Alien Acts What does “alien” mean? Foreigner Naturalization Act What is “naturalization”? Increased the time required to become a citizen from 5 to 14 years Alien Act President could imprison or deport foreigners if they were considered dangerous Alien Enemies Act Allowed government to arrest and deport all foreigners from countries at war with the United States
Alien Acts Are the acts fair? Why were they passed? Aimed at the French Why? The Federalists supported England in their war with France Religious prejudice How is this religious?
Sedition Act Made it a crime to criticize the government About 25 newspaper editors were arrested 10 were convicted People who disagreed with Adams accused him of trying to make himself king of America Why would they say that? Do you agree with them? Why?
Unconstitutional Laws These laws go directly against the first amendment of the Bill of Rights How? They got rid of freedom of speech and freedom of the press Why didn’t the court say something? Didn’t have the power yet Didn’t even have a regular meeting place
Virginia and Kentucky Wrote resolutions declaring the Alien and Sedition Acts unconstitutional Jefferson wrote the Kentucky Resolution Madison wrote the Virginia Resolution Argued that if a state believed a law unconstitutional, they should say so Is this a good thing?
Reaction From Massachusetts Said that the states didn’t have the power to decide if something was unconstitutional or not That power should remain with the federal government The Alien and Sedition acts were not renewed when they expired
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