The XYZ Affair In this cartoon, American envoys meet with a French diplomat, depicted as a multi-headed monster holding a dagger. The cartoonist shared the negative view of French diplomacy held by most Americans in the The Granger Collection, New York.
This image explains the ideas behind the Alien and Sedition Acts that were brought upon the US. They basically stated that it was illegal for both aliens and citizens to impede execution of federal laws; bring government into disrepute; instigate riots or insurrection; or prevent a federal officer from doing their duty. Under this the Federalists prosecuted Republican newspapers and they claimed that this violated their 1st amendment rights.
In this social studies resource, there is a nonfiction reading passage based on the Alien and Sedition Acts. Discussion includes how the states reacted to John Adams and Congress' passing of these controversial acts. Also discusses Thomas Jefferson and the Kentucky resolves and James Madison and the Virginia resolves that were written in opposition to the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798.
John Adams, Alien and Sedition Acts, XYZ Affair John Adams' Presidency: Election of XYZ Affair, Alien and Sedition Acts, Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions Aim: How did John Adams overcome challenges during his presidency?
Alien and Sedition Acts Primary Source Literacy Mini-Unit
Alien And Sedition Acts, Primary Sources, Source Documents, Literacy, Aliens
XYZ Affair and The Alien and Sedition Acts: Two Birds, One Stone