Indelible Ink The Trials of John Peter Zenger and the Birth of Americas Free Press

Author: Richard Kluger
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393245479
Release Date: 2016-09-13
Genre: History

“Vivid storytelling built on exacting research.”—Bill Keller, New York Times Book Review The liberty of expression has been fixed in the firmament of our social values since our nation’s beginning—the United States was the first government to legalize free speech and a free press as fundamental rights. But when the British began colonizing the New World, any words, true or false, thought to disparage the government were judged as criminally subversive. So when in 1733 a small newspaper, the New-York Weekly Journal, printed scathing articles assailing the new British governor, William Cosby, as corrupt and abusive, colonial New York was scandalized. The paper’s publisher, John Peter Zenger — only a front man for Cosby’s adversaries, New York Supreme Court Chief Justice Lewis Morris and the shrewd attorney James Alexander — became the endeavor’s courageous fall guy when Cosby brought the full force of his high office down upon it. Zenger faced a jury on August 4, 1735, in a proceeding matched in importance during the colonial period only by the Salem Witch Trials. In Indelible Ink, acclaimed social historian Richard Kluger re-creates in rich detail this dramatic clash of powerful antagonists that marked the beginning of press freedom in America. Here is an enduring lesson that resounds to this day on the vital importance of free public expression as the underpinning of democracy.

The Printer s Trial

Author: Gail Jarrow
Publisher: Calkins Creek Books
ISBN: 1590784324
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Covers the trial of printer John Peter Zenger in New York in 1735 who was charged with libel against the British governor for his political criticisms, a case that led to a precedent that helped inspire the creation of the Bill of Right more than five decades later.

John Peter Zenger

Author: Livingston Rutherfurd
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015021932861
Release Date: 1904
Genre: Early printed books


The Trial of John Peter Zenger of New York Printer

Author: JOHN PETER. ZENGER
Publisher: Gale Ecco, Print Editions
ISBN: 1379822262
Release Date: 2018-04-19
Genre:

The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars. This collection reveals the history of English common law and Empire law in a vastly changing world of British expansion. Dominating the legal field is the Commentaries of the Law of England by Sir William Blackstone, which first appeared in 1765. Reference works such as almanacs and catalogues continue to educate us by revealing the day-to-day workings of society. ++++ The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification: ++++ British Library T051691 First published in Boston, Mass. in 1738 as 'A brief narrative of the case and tryal of John Peter Zenger'. Also issued as part of: 'Select collection of the most interesting tracts', London, 1766. London: printed for J. Almon, 1765. 59, [1]p.; 8°

The Trial of Peter Zenger

Author: John Peter Zenger
Publisher:
ISBN: STANFORD:36105127022122
Release Date: 1957
Genre: Freedom of the press

Trial in the Supreme Court of Judicature of the Province of New York in 1735 for the offense of printing and publishing a libel against the government.

A Brief Narrative of the Case and Tryal of John Peter Zenger

Author: Paul Finkelman
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
ISBN: 0312474431
Release Date: 2010-02-22
Genre: History

A Brief Narrative of the Case and Tryal of John Peter Zenger is one of the most significant publications of colonial America and represents a major turning point in the history of freedom of the press and the political development of colonial America and the early republic. The book, published by Zenger in 1736, recounts his 1735 trial on charges of seditious libel and contains groundbreaking arguments by Zenger’s attorney, Andrew Hamilton. In this volume — which reprints the text of the Narrative as well as other contemporary documents, including excerpts from Zenger’s newspaper — Paul Finkelman provides a thorough and lively overview of the issues, events, and political intrigue surrounding the Zenger trial and offers a broad perspective on the trial’s long-term impact. Finkelman’s introduction and headnotes to the documents provide historical context and analysis, which make the documents accessible to students. Other useful pedagogical aids include a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography.

A Brief Narrative of the Case and Tryal of John Peter Zenger Printer of the New York Weekly Journal

Author: JOHN PETER. ZENGER
Publisher: Gale Ecco, Print Editions
ISBN: 1385160047
Release Date: 2018-04-22
Genre:

The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars. This collection reveals the history of English common law and Empire law in a vastly changing world of British expansion. Dominating the legal field is the Commentaries of the Law of England by Sir William Blackstone, which first appeared in 1765. Reference works such as almanacs and catalogues continue to educate us by revealing the day-to-day workings of society. ++++ The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification: ++++ British Library W002757 Caption title. As recorded by Andrew Hamilton and edited by James Alexander. Zenger made certain additions before publishing the account in 1736. Cf. Rutherfurd, Livingston. John Peter Zenger, p. 127-128. Imprint from colophon. John and Thomas Fleet printed at the Bible and Heart in 1799. [Boston]: Reprinted and sold [by John and Thomas Fleet] at the Bible and Heart, Cornhill, Boston, MDCCXCIX. [1799]. 48p.; 8°

Revolutionary Dissent

Author: Stephen D. Solomon
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781466879393
Release Date: 2016-04-26
Genre: History

When members of the founding generation protested against British authority, debated separation, and then ratified the Constitution, they formed the American political character we know today-raucous, intemperate, and often mean-spirited. Revolutionary Dissent brings alive a world of colorful and stormy protests that included effigies, pamphlets, songs, sermons, cartoons, letters and liberty trees. Solomon explores through a series of chronological narratives how Americans of the Revolutionary period employed robust speech against the British and against each other. Uninhibited dissent provided a distinctly American meaning to the First Amendment's guarantees of freedom of speech and press at a time when the legal doctrine inherited from England allowed prosecutions of those who criticized government. Solomon discovers the wellspring in our revolutionary past for today's satirists like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Keith Olbermann, and protests like flag burning and street demonstrations. From the inflammatory engravings of Paul Revere, the political theater of Alexander McDougall, the liberty tree protests of Ebenezer McIntosh and the oratory of Patrick Henry, Solomon shares the stories of the dissenters who created the American idea of the liberty of thought. This is truly a revelatory work on the history of free expression in America.