X, Y, Z and The Alien and Sedition Acts

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  • After America didn't help in the French Revolution, relationships between America and France were tense
  • While France and Britain were still at war the French started toloot American ships so they couldn't trade with Britain
  • Americans are angered by France looting their ships but are divided if they should go to war
  • We should go to war!
  • It's too dangerous!
  • America sends 3 spies, X, Y, and Z, to try and negotiate with France, but France said that they had to pay bribe to talk to the French minister
  • X, Y, Z Affairs
  • This outraged Americans and Congress get rid of all treaties with France and also let American vessels to seize French ships
  • The conflict with France angered many Democratic-Republicans and they started to complain about the government as well as many aliens so John Adams created the Alien and Sedition Act to protect the government but this angered a lot of people
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