To stop the impressment of American soldiers, and to keep their peace with Britain, John Jay was sent over to Europe and created the unpopular Jay Treaty.
After his second term, Washington decided that his time of serving his country was up. In his farewell speech, he asks the future to preserve the union, educate the public, and to stay out of European problems. Then, George Washington says farewell.
Alien and Sedition Acts
The Alien And Sedition Acts
At this time in the United States, there were two major political parties; Thomas Jefferson lead the Democratic-Republicans, and Alexander Hamilton lead the Federalists. The Democratic-Republicans suppoted a strong state government, and the French while the Federalists supported a strong central government and the British.
To keep peace with France, the new President, John Adams, sent three men to meet with the prime minister, Talleyrand. When they arrived, they were met by three agents of Talleyrand who demanded that they pay over 2 million dollars to meet with him. The three Americans retreated back home, refusing to pay.
When president Adams heard abou the bribe of the French, he was furious! So he passed the Alien and Sedition Acts which was what he thought was a good idea. Instead, it just made people angrier; especially the foreigners.
The President of the United States has full athority over all foriegn residents. If people speak against the government, it will be considered as a crime. Congress
Right before John Adams's time was up as president, he packed the court with federalists, so that the court would be opperated on federalist veiws. Unfortunatley, he had a deadline to do this, and these final acts of Adams later became known as the midnight appointments, due to the fact that his deadline was at midnight.
John Adams must leave! Down with Adams! Jeff-er-son! Jeff-er-son!