Sedition
  1. incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government.
  2. any action, esp. in speech or writing, promoting such discontent or rebellion.
Alien and Sedition Acts:
  • Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any person shall write, print, utter, or shall cause of procure to be written, printed, uttered or published, or shall knowingly and willingly assist or aid in writing, printing, uttering of or publishing false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States, with intent to defame the said government, or either house of the said Congress, or the said President, or the bring them, or either of them, into contempt or disrepute; or to excite against them, or either or any of them, the hatred of the good people of the United States, or to excite any unlawful combinations therein, for opposing or resisting any law of the United States, or any act of the President of the United States done in pursuance of any such law, or of the powers in him vested by the constitution of the United States, or to resist, oppose, or defeat any such law or act, or to aid, encourage or abet any hostile designs of any foreign nation against the United States, their people or government, then such person, being thereof convicted before any court of the United States having jurisdiction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, and by imprisonment not exceeding two years.
Antifederalists
  • The Antifederalists were persons who opposed the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1787-1788. They conceded that the central government needed more power than it had under the Articles of Confederation, but they argued that the Framers of the Constitution had gone too far, and, deeplysuspicious of political power, feared that the centralized government proposed by the Framers would lead to a new kind of tyranny.
First amendment to the Constitution:
  • Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Assignment

  1. How does this law go against the ideas behind the American Revolution?
  2. How does this law prove the anti-federalists right?
  3. How is this law against the ideas found in the constitution?

History Blog Title "Alien and Sedition Acts"

  • Use the text from the Alien and Sedition Act, your history book and your knowledge of history to answer the following question
  • ( 3 paragraph, 15 sentences min, you must cite all of the previous ideas in your essay):

How did the Alien and Sedition Acts go against the values that we as Americans hold?