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Why were the Alien and Sedition Acts important?
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The Alien and Sedition Acts were important because they were one of the worst violations of the First Amendment in the history of the United States. Happening so early in the country's history, they could have seriously damaged America's democratic society.
The Alien and Sedition Acts essentially made it illegal to say negative things about the government. This is a huge violation of the right to free speech. If these laws had managed to remain in force for very long, they could have ruined our democracy. They would have made the United States into some sort of oppressive one-party country like China where people's ability to speak out is severely limited.
Posted by pohnpei397 on March 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM (Answer #1)
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