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The Pros And Cons Of The Alien And Sedition Act

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US I America’s bloodiest war fought was on its own soil, and it is known as the Civil War. The road to the Civil War will begin in 1798 with the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions. The Resolutions were drafted as an opposition of the Alien and Sedition Acts signed in by President Adams. These Acts were passed due to a foreseen war with France. The Naturalization Act made it more difficult for an immigrant to become a citizen of the United States by increasing the amount of time it takes to complete citizenship from five years to fourteen years. The Sedition Act forbid public opposition towards the government, which goes against the first amendment in the constitution which states that “Congress shall not prohibit freedom of speech and of the press.” The Alien and Sedition Acts were passed through Congress in 1798 which prompted the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions published by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. According to Britannica the Kentucky Resolutions written by Thomas Jefferson declared that the national government did not hold supreme authority and that states would get to decide what is passed within the state and were voted to be invalid while the Virginia Resolutions published by James Madison proclaimed the acts to be unconstitutional because the states have supreme authority over what is occurring in the state. After this Thomas Jefferson and John Adams will campaign against each other in the election of 1800 in which Thomas Jefferson wins and becomes
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