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Sedition Act becomes Federal Law

July 14, 1798


Alexander Hamilton and the other Federalists in congress take advantage of the American public’s fear of the continued conflict with Revolutionary France to pass the Alien and Sedition Acts. Without first consulting then President John Adams, Hamilton passes what would come to be remembered as one of the most¬†atrocious breaches of the U.S. Constitution.

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Transcontinental Railroad

May 10, 1869

The First Transcontinental Railroad, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States, opens for through traffic on May 10, 1869 with the driving of the last spike at Promontory Summit, Utah.

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