United States History Question of the Day

©Greg Feldmeth 2013

Sedition Act

The Quasi-War with France led
to the passage of the Sedition Act in 1798
(Source: Wikimedia Commons--public domain)

Question 131436:

That if any person shall write, print, utter or publish ...any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States, or either house of the Congress of the United States, or the President of the United States, ...or to aid, encourage or abet any hostile designs of any foreign nation against United States, then such person, ...shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, and by imprisonment not exceeding two years.

The above section of the Sedition Act of 1798 was designed to

A) hinder the growth of the Federalist Party
B) make it more difficult for foreigners to become citizens of the United States
C) punish Democrat-Republican newspapers and individuals criticizing the Federalist Party officials in control of much of the national government
D) provide support for England in its war with France
E) add strength to protections in the Bill of Rights

Answer & Explanation

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