The French are seizing our ships. We need to do something about it. I want you 3 to go talk to them
The French started seizing American ships because we decided to remain neutral in their war with Great Britain. (commander: "We will seize American ships". Army: Sir yes sir"
Can we pass the alien and sedition acts?
President John Adams sent three noble men to go speak to the French about seizing our ships.
It gives you the right to imprison or deport the French if any suspicions.
What does it do again?
So the three men went to France to speak to the French ambassador, but had they known what was about to happen they wouldn't have went.
Stop seizing our ships.....Please
NO... You wait till president John Adams hears about this
On one condition.....we want six pence
Meanwhile in America
The alien and sedition acts were passed in 1798 when America wasn't sure if they could trust the French in America. Especially with the French seizing our ships.
When the three men went they met with three men and asked for them to stop the seizing of American ships, but instead of a negotiation the men wanted a bribe, six pence, this is soon to be known as the XYZ AFFAIR.