Third in a series of panels on early American history. Origins of the American Revolution appeared in 1943. Triumph of Freedom in 1948, both lively recording of history, staunchly rooted in sound scholarship and amply documented. Now comes this-a study of the Alien and Sedition Acts, in which the newly won American freedom survived severe test, back in 1798. Many of the issues have an oddly contemporary feeling, the of witch-hunting, the fear of foreign influence, the use of opposing parties, as the Republicans (the new young party) struck out against the Federalists. The French Revolution was a fearful threat- the fear of ""Jacobinism"" was a very real one. An important phase -- one that passed for lack of fuel -- this is a new angle in our history.