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XYZ Affair & Alien and Sedition Acts

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on 18 February 2015

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Transcript of XYZ Affair & Alien and Sedition Acts

-U.S. merchants continue to trade with both
France & Britain.

-The French begin the impressment of U.S
sailors.
“Any person that shall write, print or publish any false, scandalous and/or malicious writings against the government of the United States, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, and by imprisonment not exceeding two years."
“That it shall be lawful for the President of the United States, whenever he may deem it necessary for the public safety, to order any foreigner whose homeland is at war with the United States to be imprisoned.”
"The Attorney General shall take into custody
any alien who is engaged (or believed to be
engaged) in any activity that endangers
the national security of the United States.”
The 2001, Patriot Act

A person from a foreign country
An act aimed at overthrowing
the government
Alien Act
- Increased the time needed for an alien to become a citizen. Allowed the president to jail or deport aliens who were expected of stirring up trouble.

Sedition Act
- Punished those who published or spoke out against the president, congress or government
The real purpose was to make life difficult
for the Democratic-Republican Party
-U.S. merchants continue to trade with both
France & Britain.

-The French begin the impressment of U.S
sailors.
-Adams sends representatives to France to
negotiate a peaceful solution.


-France demands a bribe or
tribute
from the U.S. in order to stop seizing American ships and the impressment of U.S. sailors .

-The U.S. is a _______ and refuses to pay!
-The U.S. is willing to pay millions to defend itself but won't pay 1 cent toward a tribute.


-In order to avoid further controversy,
Adams changes the identities
of the French officials who offered the
tribute to X, Y & Z in official documents.
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