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The Alien and Sedition Acts Lecture

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The Alien and Sedition Acts Sedition: incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority 1798 – The “Quasi-War” with France The government feared French sympathizers in America. So, President John Adams and the Federalist political party pass four laws known as the Alien and Sedition Acts. 1. The Naturalization Act extended the period of time for aliens to become citizens from 5 to 14 years. Repealed in 1802. 2. The Alien Friends Act authorized the U.S. president to deport any resident alien considered “dangerous to the peace and safety of the United States.” Expired in June 1800. 3. The Sedition Act made it a crime to publish “false, scandalous, and malicious writing” against the government or its officials. Expired March 1801. 4. The Alien Enemy Act authorized the U.S. president to arrest and deport resident aliens if
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their home countries are at war with the U.S. Still in effect today.
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