xyz affair and alien sedition act

xyz affair and alien sedition act

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  • The French began seizing U.S. ships to prevent them from trading with the British
  • The XYZ took the Americans aside to tell them the minister would hold talks only if the Americans would agree to loan France $10 million, but the americans refused.
  • Adams received a full report of what became known as the XYZ affair. Congress and an outraged public learned of it. "millions for defense, not one cent for tribute!"
  • One act has a waiting period for becoming a U.S. citizen from 5-14 years.
  • the federalists clamped down on freedom of speech and the press. About 25 democratic-Republican newspaper editors were charged under this act.
  • Matthew Lyon Vermont congress men was locked up for saying that the president should be sent to a madhouse !
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