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Indelible ink: the trials of John Peter Zenger and the birth of America's free press

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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. 8 pages of illustrations

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display_description 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. --
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subject_facet Biographies, Freedom of the press -- United States -- History -- 18th century, Printers -- United States -- Biography, Printing -- New York (State) -- History -- 18th century, Trials (Seditious libel) -- New York (State), Zenger, John Peter, -- 1697-1746, Zenger, John Peter, -- 1697-1746 -- Trials, litigation, etc
title_display Indelible ink : the trials of John Peter Zenger and the birth of America's free press
title_full Indelible Ink The Trials of John Peter Zenger and the Birth of America's Free Press, Indelible ink : the trials of John Peter Zenger and the birth of America's free press / Richard Kluger
title_short Indelible ink :
title_sub the trials of John Peter Zenger and the birth of America's free press
topic_facet Freedom of the press, History, Nonfiction, Printers, Printing, Trials (Seditious libel), Trials, litigation, etc, Zenger, John Peter