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        John & Abigail Adams - Primary Sources: The Alien Act and The Alien Enemies Act of 1798

        In 1798 a Federalist Congress passed the Alien Acts, which aimed to control the movement of immigrants within the United States. Fearful that the unrest in France would bubble over in America, President John Adams signed the measure, which, along with the Sedition Act, hobbled his reelection bid in 1800 and tarnished his presidential legacy with the taint of monarchism. Study these Acts from American Experience: "John & Abigail Adams."

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