Today In History- July 14

Today In History- July 14


The Sedition Act becomes United States law making it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the United States government.

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Sedition Act monitors anti-American media.

  • Washington D.C., USA

In a particularly volatile and significant time period in American history, on July 14, 1798, Congress passed the Sedition Act.  The law stipulated the illegality of public expression of discontent with the U.S. government, whether by speech or through literature.  The act, signed by President John Adams, and under Federalist guidance in Congress, was particularly concerned with enemy aliens, especially given the undeclared naval military conflict being waged with France.

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