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Living the Revolution: America, 1789-1820
Topic: Predicaments of Early Republican LifeTopic: ReligionTopic: PoliticsTopic: ExpansionTopic: Equality
Topic: Politics
Overview of Living the Revolution
Resource Menu: Politics
Text 1. Government and Liberty
Text 2. Agriculture and Manufacturing
Text 3. George Washington
Text 4. State and Federal Power
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Text 5. Thomas Jefferson
Text 6. National Identity
Text 7. The Politics of Foreign Affairs
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4.  On the Power of State and Federal Government
- Virginia Resolutions of 1798 to nullify the Alien and Sedition Acts
- Counter-Resolution of Massachusetts, 1799

Virginia Resolution
Virginia Resolution
Virginia Resolutions:

Counter-Resolution of Massachusetts (and of six other states):


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Brief background of the Alien & Sedition Acts, from

Extended history of the Acts, from and American History magazine

The Kentucky Resolutions against the Alien and Sedition Acts, from The Constitution Society

Protest song against the Sedition Act, from the University of Chicago

Trial for violation of the Sedition Act, from the National Archives (Teaching with Documents)

Online gallery: "The New Republican Newspapers of the Sedition Act Era," from Prof. Jeffrey Pasley, Dept. of History, University of Missouri

John Adams's life and presidency, from The American President (PBS/WNET)

John Adams on party divisions in America, with cartoon, from The American Presidential Election (Britannica)

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