Alien and Sedition Acts

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Alien and Sedition Acts  (1798) 
United States Congress
The Alien and Sedition Acts consist of four laws passed in 1798 by the Federalists in the United States Congress during the Quasi-War with France. They sparked outcry from the opposition Democratic-Republicans, who viewed them as an unconstitutional consolidation of power by the federal government, and two states issued resolutions against them—Virginia in 1798, and Kentucky in both 1798 and 1799.

The acts were defended in the answer of Massachusetts to the Virginia Resolutions.

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5th Congress, 2nd Session: