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The printer's trial : the case of John Peter Zenger and the fight for a free press

Author: Gail Jarrow
Publisher: Honesdale, Penn. : Calkins Creek, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st ed
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In a hot, crowded courtroom in colonial New York, on an August day in 1735, a jury found printer John Peter Zenger innocent of the charge of seditious libel against the British royal governor. The verdict established the political precedent for the right of people to criticize their government in print and helped shape the Bill of Rights more than fifty years later. Combining narrative with voices from primary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Sources
Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: John Peter Zenger; John Peter Zenger; John Peter Zenger; John Peter Zenger
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gail Jarrow
ISBN: 1590784324 9781590784327
OCLC Number: 63170996
Description: 102 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Sparks fly --
The New-York weekly journal is born --
The Journal on the attack --
The governor fights back --
Imprisoned --
Hope fades --
The trial --
What happened afterward.
Responsibility: Gail Jarrow.
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In a hot, crowded courtroom in colonial New York, on an August day in 1735, a jury found printer John Peter Zenger innocent of the charge of seditious libel against the British royal governor. The verdict established the political precedent for the right of people to criticize their government in print and helped shape the Bill of Rights more than fifty years later. Combining narrative with voices from primary sources, the book shows the conflict between characters that led to this momentous trial in American history.--From publisher description.

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