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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