DBQ: Alien and Sedation Acts of 1798

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Under the threat of war with France, Congress in 1798 passed four laws in an effort to strengthen the Federal government, known as the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. These acts did not permit anyone to criticize the government at all, through writing, or any other shape, form, or fashion as if their views on government did not matter at all (Doc B)...
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Many people wished that acts would be executed for they knew that it would divide the nation that was trying to become one (Doc O). It also extended the time to become an American citizen, since the Federalists believed that most of the foreigners would become Republicans. The Alien Act and the Alien Enemies Act gave the president the right to deport immigrants suspected of activities posing a threat to the national government during peacetime and arrest, imprison, and deport any immigrant subject to an enemy power during wartime, though because of their partiality towards the Republican Party, the terms of this law could be expanded to define crimes such as treason in looser terms (Doc O)...
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