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        John & Abigail Adams - Primary Sources: The Sedition Act of 1798

        In 1798 a Federalist Congress passed the Sedition Act, seen by many as a threat to the First Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights, which protects the rights of American citizens and the freedom of speech. Under attack by the Republican press, John Adams signed the measure, which, along with the Alien Acts, hobbled his reelection bid in 1800 and tarnished his presidential legacy. Study the Act here, from American Experience: "John & Abigail Adams."

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