Alien and Sedition Acts (45 words)

Historical Context Note

  • Lucas Paul Richert (University of Saskatchewan)


Four internal security laws passed by the U.S. Congress give the president the power to imprison or deport foreigners believed to be dangerous to the United States and make it a crime to attack the government with “false, scandalous, or malicious” statements or writings.

Richert, Lucas Paul. "Alien and Sedition Acts". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2009
[, accessed 03 December 2016.]