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Teacher Guide: The Sedition Act of 1798

In 1798, a poor drifter named David Brown led a group in Dedham, Massachusetts to set up a liberty pole with the words “No Stamp Act, No Sedition Act, No Alien Bills, No Land Tax, downfall to the Tyrants of America; peace and retirement to the President; Long Live the Vice President.” He was arrested and found guilty under the new seditious libel law. Illustration by Nadim Silverman.

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