The True Doctrine of State Rights: With an Examination of the Record of the Democratic and Republican Parties in Connection with Slavery (Classic Reprint)

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Let us now look into the nature of that conflict, and of'the doctrine alluded to. During the administration of John Adams, the notorious alien and sedition laws were passed. The alien act pro vided, in substance, that the President should have power to order all aliens in the United States, whom he in his discretion thought dangerous to the peace and safety of the nation, to depart from the country. In regard to such aliens, he was invested with the exercise of legislative, judicial, and executive power. The sedition act was hostile to the freedom of the press, and its principle was to shield the President, and Congress, and officers of the government, against an unrestrained and unfettered criticism of their official acts. On the passage of these laws, Jefferson denounced them as palpable vio lations of the constitution, and as usurpations of power, dangerous to the rights of the states and to the liberties of the people. Through his instrumentality, appeals were made to the different state govern ments to take action against them; and to this end the famous Vir ginia and Kentucky resolutions off 1798 and '99, denouncing them, were passed; followed by the celebrated report of Mr. Madison.

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