Alien and Sedition Acts
Definition of Alien and Sedition Acts
Four bills passed in 1798 in the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of the French Revolution and during an undeclared naval war with France. They granted the federal government more power in dealing with political dissidents.
Examples of Alien and Sedition Acts in the following topics:
- History In 1798, not long after the adoption of the Constitution, the governing Federalist Party attempted to stifle criticism with the Alien and Sedition Acts.
- These restrictions on freedom of the press proved very unpopular in the end and worked against the Federalists, leading to the party's eventual demise and a reversal of the Acts.
- The Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918 imposed restrictions on free press during wartime.
- During the 1790s, Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Acts, punishing opponents of the Federalist Party; the Supreme Court never ruled on the matter.
- During World War I, individuals petitioning for the repeal of sedition and espionage laws were punished—again, the Supreme Court did not rule on the matter.