Freedom of the Press, Life in the English Colonies, Trial of John Peter Zenger

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This lesson covers the 1734 trial: Crown v. John Peter Zenger, which was the early catalyst for our modern day freedom of the press. It also relates it to modern freedom of the press throughout the world. Andrew Hamilton's defense of Zenger's newspaper on the grounds that what he printed about the governor was truthful was the first successful use of truth as a defense against libel in the American colonies, diverging from the English system. Student's will read about how the governor tries to have the news paper burned, stack the jury, and Hamilton's argument during the famous court case, which inspires our legal ability to print information that is critical of the government. Students will respond to questions about the contemporary attitude toward freedom of the press in England and the New York Colony, as well as how and why Hamilton was attempting to change freedom of the press.
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Freedom of the Press, Life in the English Colonies, Trial
Freedom of the Press, Life in the English Colonies, Trial
Freedom of the Press, Life in the English Colonies, Trial
Freedom of the Press, Life in the English Colonies, Trial
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