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The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions

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Definition: Resolutions passed in Kentucky and Virginia in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts. The resolutions said that government was overstepping its bounds and violating the idea of a contract with the people. This idea of a contract was the basis for the Declaration of Independence. Both Resolutions were written by Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration and founder of the Democratic-Republican Party.

Related Resources:
Colonial America
The backdrop to the story.

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Resolutions
Brief discussion and full text of both Resolutions.

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