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Showing Grade 8, Unit 3c, Free Press and Citizen Participation
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Alien and Sedition Acts

Description: With the rise of political parties in the new nation, conflict inceased over issues of economics, foreign policy, law, and domestic policy. The passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798 amid fears of war with France intensified the growing split between Federalists and Democratic-Republicans. At the center were differences over the meaning of the Constitution: whether its authority was based on broad, implied powers or limited in scope under strict interpretation. The prosecutions under the Alien and Sedition Acts brought these conflicts into the open. Freedom of the press became a critical issue. The debate over the acts also bore the beginnings of the contest between federal and state power. Explore these conflicts and how the same issues play out today. Standards 8.3.4 and 11.1.3

Author: History Teaching Institute, Ohio State University

Lesson ID: 1465

Anonymous Sources: Freedom of the Press; Where Should It End?

Description: Read the article "For a Reporter and a Source, Echoes of Broken Promise" and participate in a roundtable discussion focusing on freedom of the press and the use of anonymous sources. Standards 8.3.7, 12.2.1 and 12.8.1 civics

Author: Carolyn Stein, The New York Times Learning Network, Lorin Driggs, The Bank Street College of Education in New York City

Lesson ID: 87

How Can Citizens Participate?

Description: In this lesson you will learn about one of the most important rights of citizenship. This is the right to participate in governing our nation. The lesson will discuss the different ways you may participate. It will also suggest those things you should think about in deciding whether or not you should participate. Standards 8.3.6 and 12.2.4, 12.2.5, and 12.6.4 civics

Author: We the People, Center for Civic Education

Lesson ID: 517

Political Speech in the Founding Era

Description: The First Amendment had only been ratified seven years earlier when Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. Matthew Lyon, a newspaper publisher and Congressman from Vermont, was the first of 24 people arrested under these laws for criticizing the government. Standards 8.4.3 and 12.5.1

Author: Bill of Rights Institute

Lesson ID: 1532

U.S. v Thomas Cooper

Description: Under the Sedition of Act of 1798, it was illegal to criticize the government of the United States under penalty of fines and/or imprisonment. Lawyer and newspaper editor Thomas Cooper was arrested and tried after publishing a broadside criticizing President Adams. Find out the outcome of this famous test of America's new democracy. Standards 8.3.4, 8.3.7, and 12.8.1 civics

Author: John M. Lawlor, Jr, Reading Area Community College

Lesson ID: 1153

Who Voted in Early America?

Description: The New Jersey election law of 1807 limited the right to vote to free white male property owners or taxpayers. There appeared to have been little public debate on this law when it was introduced into the state legislature. Divide the class into the following five role groups: white male laborers too poor to own property worth 50 pounds or to pay taxes, free black men who are property owners and taxpayers, widows and single adult women who are property owners and taxpayers, married women, and white male state legislators. What would have been the opinion of those denied the right to vote by this law? How would supporters of the law in the legislature have answered them? Standards 8.3.6 and 12.2.4

Author: Constitutional Rights Foundation

Lesson ID: 295

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