John Adams: Alien and Sedition Acts
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John Adams reads several provisions from the Alien and Sedition Acts and appears concerned at their content. As he reads the provisions aloud, members of the cabinet make an explanation to justify their presence. They claim that the House and Senate feel these acts are necessary for the security of the nation.

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  1. Why are the members of John Adam's cabinet in favor of the Alien and Sedition Acts?
  2. What powers are granted by these Acts?
  3. What are John Adam's reservations about the Alien and Sedition Acts?

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