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Criminal Dissent

Prosecutions under the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798

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$57.00 • £45.95 • €51.50

ISBN 9780674976139

Publication Date: 01/07/2020


560 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

17 photos


  • Introduction
    • 1. Federalist and Republican Views of Government
    • 2. Passing Laws against Internal Enemies
  • The Sedition Act First Campaign: The “Suppression of the Whig Presses”
    • 3. Common Law Sedition Prosecutions
    • 4. Targeting Opposition Members of Congress
    • 5. Keeping the North Safe from Sedition
    • 6. Failed Prosecutions
    • 7. The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions
  • The Sedition Act Second Campaign: The Rebellion the Army Could Not Find
    • 8. The Fries Rebellion and Sedition
    • 9. The Army and the Sedition Act
  • The Sedition Act Third Campaign: “The Reign of Witches” and the Election of 1800
    • 10. A New Round of Enforcement
    • 11. New York Prosecutions
    • 12. New England Prosecutions
    • 13. Prowling the Circuit Stalking Sedition
  • The Alien Act: “Worthy of the 8th. or 9th. Century”
    • 14. French Intriguers and Hordes of Wild Irishmen
    • 15. At the Mercy of One Man
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix: Alien and Sedition Act Prosecutions
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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