Constitution Day
ATT: Dinah Zeiger
JAMM - University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443178
Moscow, ID 83844-3178

FAX: (208) 885-6450
E-MAIL: dzeiger@uidaho.edu



Contact & Locations

Moscow

College of
Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Physical Address:
Admin. Bldg. 112
phone: (208) 885-6426
fax: (208) 885-8964
class@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences 
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154


Coeur d'Alene

University of Idaho C'DA‎
1031 N Academic Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID
83814-5497 
(208) 667-2588


College of
Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
Admin. Bldg. 112
P.O. Box 443154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154
phone: (208) 885-6426
fax: (208) 885-8964

class@uidaho.edu

Picture of the Bill of Rights

Lesson 2: Speaking Freely: The Sedition Act of 1798

Secured by passage of the Bill of Rights in 1791, press freedom seemed guaranteed, that is until 1798 and passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts. The Sedition Act punished publication of “any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writing against the government of the United States or Congress or the President, with the intent to defame or to bring them into contempt or disrepute.” The Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton and President John Adams, argued the laws were needed to protect the United States from foreign invaders and propagandists. Democratic-Republicans, the newly formed party led Jefferson and Madison, regarded the Sedition Act as a direct threat to individual liberty and a political barrier to a free press.

Speaking Freely: The Sedition Act of 1798