John Adams Dbq

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John Adams was the second president of the United States, following the precedent set by George Washington. Adams was inaugurated as president on March 4, 1797. John Adams was the vice president during the presidency of George Washington. For the election, Adams was the choice of the Federalists while Jefferson was the Democratic Republican choice. The election was far from unanimous; Adams won by only three electoral votes. In Adam's presidency, he was challenged by many troubles, and had to overcome them to lead his country into success and peace. Through his actions to help protect the country and, he exemplified characteristics of a good president; however, no individual can be flawless, and Adams had those as well. John Adams was…show more content…
For example, before Adams became president, he was already criticized and denounced in the "corrupt bargain." Adams named Henry Clay as the secretary of state. Jefferson and his followers severely went against this and called it corrupt system where elite officials got rights without observing what the people wanted. In addition, Federalists appointed new laws: the Naturalization Act, Alien Acts, and Sedition Acts, known collectively as the Alien and Sedition Acts. These acts were directed at new immigrants hoping to become citizens. The Naturalization Act increased the amount for an immigrant to become a citizen of the U.S.; the Alien Act allowed the president to expel any aliens that maybe suspicious and/or dangerous; and the Sedition Act severely hurt those who attempted to criticize the government or president. However, Adams did not initiate these act; nonetheless, he did not repudiate them. These acts were seen as a challenge to rights in the constitution by many people. Adams and Federalists lost a lot of support due to the harshness of these acts. John Adams, as any president does, had an immense responsibility of maintaining the peace and safety of America. He was successful in such actions as the XYZ Affair and the creation of the American Navy. However, Adams was swayed by power in the "corrupt bargain" and the Alien and Sedition Acts,
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