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Disagreements between Federalists and Jeffersonians

            As the two-party system emerged, Hamiltonian Federalists and Jeffersonian.
             Democratic-Republicans disagreed on many matters. Their political philosophies were complete.
             opposites in almost every aspect. Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, the two people.
             whose names appear in the names of the aforementioned political parties, were also very different.
             from each other as well. The Alien and Sedition Acts enacted by the Federalists in 1798 as well as.
             the Jeffersonians" response to this -- called the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, also in 1798,.
             display the type of immaturity that was going on between the two political parties at the. As they.
             struggled to grasp onto their distinctive qualities and beliefs, the Federalists and Jeffersonians both.
             engaged in somewhat experimental behavior in 1798 with the enactment of such acts as the Alien.
             and Sedition Acts as well as the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions in order to establish and.
             distinguish themselves from the other.
             In 1798, relations between the United States and France were strained almost to the.
             breaking point by the publication of the X Y Z correspondence (Miller, J). The first of the Alien.
             and Sedition Acts was aimed at pro-Jeffersonian "aliens." Because most European immigrants.
             lacked wealth, they were looked down upon by the aristocratic Federalists. The Federalist.
             congress decided to raise the residence requirements for aliens to become citizens from five years.
             to an unreasonable fourteen years. This outrageous law clearly violated the American tradition of.
             open-door friendliness and rapid assimilation. Two more Alien Laws were enacted against.
             unwealthy or undesirable immigrants. The first of these laws was that the president had the power.
             to deport seemingly dangerous foreigners during times of peace and to imprison or deport them.
             during times of hostility. The Federalists defended this law as a war measure, which still didn't.
             seem plausible.

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