15 years ago
chica1012

What was the significance of the Sedition Act?

What was the significance of the Sedition Act?
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15 years ago
Oscar Himpflewitz
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~It was intended to bolster the power of the Federalists and to chill, if not eliminate, criticism of them. It didn't work. The Jeffersonians and Democratic-Republicans won the elections of 1798 and 1800. Of the 11 people actually charged under this most undoubtedly unconstitutional law (it expired before it could be tested in the Supreme Court) 10 were acquitted and 1 died before trial. The ultimate significance is the enhanced power it gave to the Jeffersonians, the very folks it was designed to thwart.
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15 years ago
No one
The purpose of the Sedition act was to prevent people and especially newspapers from speaking out against and criticizing the government. Imposed by the British on the Colonies, it met with tremendous resistance and was one of the major reasons the colonists went to war to gain their freedom. Its existence annoyed and frightened them because it was a loss of freedom. Chow!!
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15 years ago
sugarpacketchad
It denied the right for people in the us to talk bad about the US during wartime. This would be beneficial to the US.
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