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United States v. William Durell: Violating the Alien and Sedition Acts
Read the Fine Print
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In this lesson, students analyze a primary source document from the case of a printer who printed an essay against the government and therefore violated the Alien and Sedition Acts. A set of discussion questions is provided. In a series of extension activities, students will consider other times when the rights of American citizens have been infringed upon by the government. Students will debate whether or not the curtailment of the Bill of Rights is ever justified. They will also search current media news reports for negative comments about the current President and determine if the comments could be considered seditious.

Social Studies
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The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
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