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Federalist Challenges Three of the most significant domestic challenges that the Federalists faced was the land policy which organized the sale of lands Another domestic challenge that they faced was the Alien and Sedition Acts which regulated immigration and citizenship in the United States Last but not least The Whiskey Rebellion in which the Federalists dealt with rebellion of backcountry farmers The Whiskey Rebellion was caused by Hamiltons tax on liquor that he levied in 1791 This tax made alot of backcountry farmers really mad and eventually caused them to begin to resist and eventually turned into a revolt The full-blown rebellion started in 1794 The farmers became so infuriated by the tax that they began to terrorize revenuers and taxpayers In response to this Washington issued a proclamation that called out the militia men to handle the situation They received no response from the farmers so on September 24 they issued the proclamation for the suppression of the rebellion General Henry Lee and his army marched out to the backcountry As soon as they began to put heat on the rebellors the band vaporized The army arrested and imprisoned twenty men This event gained strength and reputation for the government However the people sympathetic to the frontiersmen soon became Republicans The Federalists issued the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798 These acts consisted of four separate acts that mainly reflected hostility towards foreigners mainly the French and Irish who were Republicans These four acts were The Naturalization Act The Alien Act the Alien Enemy Act and the Sedition Act The Naturalization Act increased the time that an immigrant had to be a resident from five years to fourteen years in order to become a citizen The Alien Act gave the president the power to deport any alien that he felt was Dangerous to the country The Alien Enemy Act authorized the president to imprison enemies at will during any time of
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