Alien and Sedition Acts

The last act, and possibly the most controversial one of the four, is the Sedition Act, passed on July 14, 1798. The Sedition Act made it illegal for people to conspire to oppose any measure of the U.S. Government. More importantly, it made it illegal to write, print, utter, or publish false, scandalous, or malicious writings against the U.S. Government. Citizens could go be jailed for up to two years for speaking out against the government or the President. Those laws made it possible for the president to be the judge, jury, and executioner, so to speak.

These laws were not only inhumane, but they were unconstitutional as well. The Sedition act took away the right to protest the government, and the right of free speech. Free speech is one of the most important rights given to us in the constitution. The other acts granted judicial and legislative powers to the president, powers that were specifically forbidden from that position. Powers such as making laws, deciding the innocence of criminals, and passing judgement on t



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