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  • Adams becomes president
  • XYZ affair
  • I am X
  • I am Y
  • I am Z
  • GO to jail!!
  • Alien and Sedition Acts
  • Back in the 1700 and 1800, whoever was runner up for being president automatically became vice president. In this case John Adams became president and Jefferson was the vice president. John Adams had already had experience with this because he was vice president for George Washington. Also he became the first president to work from Washington DC.
  • The French was still at war but still managed to loot 300 of our ships. Some people from America wanted to go to war but Adams opposed it. He just wanted to make peace so he sent three men to do so. When they got there nobody talked to them for 3 weeks. Finally Men known as X, Y, and Z told them if they wanted to talk to the minister they would have to pay 10 million dollars. They said no and left. We then got rid of all of our trades with France and expanded the navy and army.
  • When the men got back from France the subject blew up in the new. Adams hated all the negative talk and decide to make a law called: The Alien and Sedition Acts. The term alien referred to anyone that was not born in the Us and moved here. He said he has the right to arrest any “alien” he thought was being bad or he just didn't like. He also put multiple newspaper people in jail for their newspaper articles they had made about the new law. This law was violating the freedom of speech and press.
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