The Trials of John Peter Zenger and the Birth of America's Free PressBook - 2016
In 1733, struggling printer John Peter Zenger scandalized colonial New York by launching the New-York Weekly Journal, which assailed the British governor as corrupt and arrogant -- a direct challenge to the prevailing law against "seditious libel", which criminalized any criticism of the government. Fronting for a group of powerful antiroyalist politicians, Zenger was jailed for nine months before his landmark trial in August 1735, when he was brilliantly defended by Philadelphia lawyer Alexander Hamilton. In this book, Richard Kluger recreates this dramatic clash that marked the birth of press freedom in America and its role in vanquishing colonial tyranny. Here is an enduring lesson that redounds to this day on the vital importance of free public expression as the underpinning of democracy. -- from author's website.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: 686.2 Kl
Characteristics: xxi, 346 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Trials of John Peter Zenger and the birth of America's free press