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  1. Alien and Sedition Acts John Adam’s Administration 1789

  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9oJTfW38Oc

  3. What were the Alien and Sedition Acts? • Federalist controlled congress passed 4 laws together. • Forbade anyone from publishing or voicing criticism of the U.S. government • Lengthen the residence requirement to become a citizen • 2 Alien Acts never enforced to detain and deport dangerous aliens

  4. The laws were designed to protect the United States, but in reality they were to end opposition to war. • Democratic Republicans saw these as a violation against the 1st Amendment

  5. What was the purpose of the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions? • These documents argued that the Alien and Sedition Acts were unconstitutional. • Proposed by Jefferson secretly and Madison • Attacked from the state level – saying that the acts interfered with the state government • This resolution demonstrated that the states could challenge the federal government. • Would reappear in support for the south in the Civil War