PETER ZENGER:  Freedom by Tom Gait


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A healthy reminder for young people, at this time of domestic debates, is contained in this biography of the New York printer whose seditious libel trial proved to be a lost cane for future freedom of the press in America. Peter Zenger, emigrant from Germany in 1710, after several false starts in the matter of a career, eventually found himself printing his own newspaper in New York, where in 1734 he was brought to trial for his outspoken criticism of the blundering, unscrupulous governor, William Cosby. Defended by the aged Andrew Hamilton of Philadelphia, Zenger was acquitted by the jury, in spite of the judge's intimidation. A well-written, important study of the development of the American concept of liberty and justice.

Pub Date: Aug. 14th, 1951
Publisher: Crowell