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Alien and Sedition Act

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Alien Act
Said that a person arriving in the United States had to wait 14 years to become a citizen.
Why was the Alien Act unpopular?
Newcomers to the US felt unwanted because of this law. The old waiting period was 5 years.
Sedition Act
Made it a crime for anyone to write or print articles criticizing the government.
Why was the Sedition Act unpopular?
Citizens said it violated the right of free speech.
John Adams
Second president of the U.S.
Thomas Jefferson
Third president of the U.S.