Arose during the adams administration: adams (president) and jefferson (vice president) disagreed about what to do about the french. Revolution: federalists generally opposed the french revolution and considered it dangerous, wanted to either stay neutral or help the british against the french. Jefferson & democratic republicans wanted to help the french as he saw them expressing the same principles as the americans in the american revolution: support for the french revolution worried the federalists to the point where they thought. Enacted because many of the immigrants were coming from france, and the french favored jefferson: adams felt enacting the alien & sedition act would help him politically, believed it was a matter of national security. Federalists, but it was legal for the federalists to attack jefferson: led to numerous jeffersonian newspaper editors and writers being jailed under the sedition acts.