Alien and Sedition Acts Alien Acts: -prevents people from becoming a U.S. citizen -President can kick anyone out of the country Sedition Acts: -It's a crime to criticize the government
Because of the war in France against Great Britain, many French citizens sought refuge in America.
I'm so glad we escaped France. Now we are headed for America, where we can live a life that is free and happy.
The Alien Acts made it hard for the French to become U.S. citizens and caused them to live with the fear of being deported.
Congressman, Matthew Lyon, didn't agree with what Congress and the President were doing. He complained about it and attacked the government with words by printing his thoughts in a newspaper called the Rutland Gazette.
You are under arrest for criticizing the government in your newspaper.
Many of the states, and those who were Democratic Republicans disagreed with the Acts and thought they violated the Constitution. They protested by writing resolutions that stated that the acts were unconstitutional and that they didn't have to follow them.