The Sedition Act of 1798: Deportation, Fine, or Imprisonment for Anyone Publishing False Information about Government

Jul 13, 2020 at 09:15 am by WGNS


The Sedition Act of 1798 went into law on July 14, 1798. Looking back at the law some 222 years ago, anyone found guilty of publishing false information about the American government could be deportated, fined, or locked away in prison. However, the widely unpopular law expired on March 3rd, 1801.

MTSU Professor Larry Burriss talks about the Sedition Act and “nationalism” Vs. “patriotism.”

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