Reflection: Why Donald Trump should hate Henry Clay

By Hayley Robb, F/G Scholar

Fleischaker Greene LogoThe Alien and Sedition Acts were passed prohibiting the writing, printing, uttering or publishing of “any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings’” against the president and other executive branch officials, according to Ronald G. Shafer in his article, “The thin-skinned president who made it illegal to criticize his office.” The president who passed this law was John Adams, a commander-in-chief, oftentimes compared to today’s president of the United States, Donald Trump. However, the comparison I would like to make is between President Trump and Kentucky statesman, Henry Clay, also known as “the Great Compromiser.” Continue reading Reflection: Why Donald Trump should hate Henry Clay

Reflection: Mobilizing against muzzling, 1798 and 2018

By Lane Hedrick, F/G Scholar

Fewer than 10 years after the signing of the Bill of Rights, which included the First Amendment and freedom of speech, President John Adams pushed forward the Alien and Sedition Acts. The Acts limited the ability to protest the government, refused passage into America if one was an immigrant and essentially eliminated freedom of the press. Each action included within the Acts highlighted a fear held by President Adams: criticism. While much could be said about how the acts were passed and how they came to be written, perhaps the most intriguing aspect is how protests and mobilization efforts against the acts came to fruition. Continue reading Reflection: Mobilizing against muzzling, 1798 and 2018