Disciples of the Dragon: The R-13 factor
Thomas Adams editor of the Anti federalist Boston Independent Chronicle, the second most important paper to the anti federalist movement, was arrested,but died before his trial.
The bill terminated on the last day of the Adams Administration. When Jefferson became president he pardoned all those prosecuted on the sedition act.
Yet Mr Jefferson wasn't so kind to his political opponents. Two years after the pardons six of Jefferson's political opponents were indicted under Common Law Seditious Libel.
Jefferson also motivated the impeachment of Samuel Chase. Based on Mr Chase' statement attacking the Jefferson Administration. The editors of the Port Folio newspaper were indicted, as was the editor of the federalist paper The Wasp. Forty years later Congress reimburse the editor of the wasp for fines paid.
Matters returned to relevant normal for that period of time. A time that forbid women the right to vote. The time of oppression and genocide of the Indians. A time of slavery of African Americans. A time of virtual slavery for the poor whites called indentured servants. etc etc.
During the Civil war, the first confiscation act passed Congress on August 6 1861. Under this act, slaves where taken but not freed. They became property of the Union government general Hunter, Union commander of Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida issued an order saying, all slaves under his command be set free.Lincoln heard of this order, and revoked it. Lincoln returned the previously freed slaves to slave status.
On July 17 1862 the second federal confiscation act passed. This act freed the slaves of rebel confederate states. It had no effect on the slave states that stayed in the Union.
After the Civil war the Congress took a bold step to intervene in state affairs. Subverting states rights. Congress dissolved several state legislatures and replaced them with a military Government.
This was due to the fact these states blocked the reconstruction plans of the federal government. Congress also passed legislation barring the Supreme Court from having appellate jurisdiction of habeas corpus petitions arising under the Reconstruction act.
A Mr McCradlle was jailed by a military government. He had brought a Habeas Corpus action to the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the government action. The Supreme Court upheld its Habeas Corpus limitation in 1869.