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After George Washington decided that two terms was enough for him, the 1796 election happened. Before John Adams ran in the presidential election, he was previously vice president. During his time as the vice president, Adams was angered that he didn’t have much to convince Washington on certain issues, as he called it.  “the most insignificant office that ever the Invention of man contrived or his Imagination conceived.” In the 1796 election, his rival was Thomas Jefferson. During the time Washington was president, political parties started to form despite Washington warnings about them. The two main parties were the Federalists and Democratic Republicans. John Adams was in the Federalists & Thomas Jefferson is in the Democratic Republicans. Adams won barely in the election & when he enter the office, things didn’t get better from there. The french revolution was happening  & french ships began seizing American ships. Due to them attempting to prevent the Americans from trading with the British. With the Federalists  wanting war with the French for this, Adams wanted to a different approach to the situation. He had open talks with the French to discuss matters on the issue.

Both agreed to stop the naval attacks against each other. While this saved the U.S from a war with the french, it made him a enemy among the federalists. Before the agreement happened. A controversial act was passed, called the alien and Sedition acts. Before the act was passed, criticism was given by many from the Democratic Republicans. With criticism given to John Adams, he was angered & had the congress passed the act in 1798. It increased the period of waiting to become a U.S citizen from 5 to 14 years and allowed the president to arrest any immigrant or temporarily deport them when the country is at war. The reason the act was so brutal to the immigrants was because of the majority of them were democratic Republicans. Another part of the act was that it outlawed sedition, sedition was writing or  saying anything false or harmful to the government. Of course, this was extremely unpopular among the democratic republicans when they took over the congress & presidency. As everyone who knows this act, it was basically trying censor freedom of speech.

With the alien and sedition act being extremely controversial & the federalists hated him for the peace talks with France. John Adams lost the election to Thomas Jefferson. I believe the reason Adams lost the election was due to the alien & sedition act, I believed it made more immigrants side with Democratic Republicans. Have the people side more with them. For example, a Vermont congressman was re elected even though he was in jail due to breaking the act.

John Adams:

Big L: Alien & Sedition act

Big W: Peace with France

Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.

In all seriousness, John Adams was mediocre. Keep in mind that peace with France is extremely critical to his legacy and possibly America. Napoleon come into power in 1799. And peace with France happened in 1800. If peace didn’t happen in 1800. Would Napoleon increased the seizing of American ships? Will the British intervene in the quasi war? But the goods stop there and the bad starts now. The alien and sedition act was really bad. It contradicts the reasons why the U.S declared independence from the British, freedom of speech. It also discriminated against ALL immigrants. Thankfully it was repealed when Thomas Jefferson became President. So 4.5 out of 10.

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