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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 Zengers attorney, Andrew Hamilton. In this volume — which reprints the text of the Narrative as well as other contemporary documents, including excerpts from Zengers 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 trials long-term impact. Finkelmans 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.

About the Author

Paul Finkelman (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at Albany Law School. His many books include Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court (2008) and A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States (2002), which he co-authored; The Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (2006) and The Encyclopedia of the New American Nation (2006), which he edited; and Slavery and the Founders:  Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson (2001). For the Bedford Series in History and Culture he edited Dred Scott v. Sandford: A Brief History with Documents (1997) and Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Old South: A Brief History with Documents (2003). Finkelman has also published numerous scholarly articles on American legal history and civil rights, and he lectures frequently on these subjects.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

A Note on the Text

 
PART ONE

Introduction:  Politics, the Press, and the Trial of John

  Peter Zenger

Governor William Cosby and New York Politics

John Peter Zenger, Political Printer

The Law of Seditious Libel

Cosbys Response to the Weekly Journal

The Disbarment of Zengers Lawyers

The Trial of John Peter Zenger

A Political Precedent

In the Court of History

 
PART TWO

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

  Printer of the NEW YORK WEEKLY JOURNAL

        Zenger the Printer and an Angry Governor

        Zengers Arrest and His Lawyers Disbarment

        A New Lawyer Prevents a Stacked Jury

        The Charges Against Zenger

        A Second New Lawyer Surprises the Court and Confuses

          the Prosecutor

        Asserting Truth as a Defense

        Hamiltons Appeal to the Jury

        Hamiltons Use of Precedent

        Concluding the Trial

        Honoring Hamilton

 
PART THREE

Related Documents

1.  New York Weekly Journal, An Essay on the Liberty of the

       Press, November 12 and 19, 1733

2.  New York Weekly Journal, Zengers “Criminal” Articles,

       December 17, 1733, and September 23, 1734

    A.  An Article Questioning Cosbys Judgment in Foreign Affairs

    B.  The Middletown Letters

3.  New York Weekly Journal, An “Illegal” Attack on the

      Attorney General, January 28, 1734

4.  “Anglo-Americanus,” Response to the Zenger Narrative,

         July 20, 1737

APPENDIXES              

A Chronology of Events Related to the Case and Trial of

  John Peter Zenger

Questions for Consideration

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312474430
Subtitle:
with Related Documents
Author:
Finkelman, Paul
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Subject:
General
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Zenger, John Peter
Subject:
Trials (Seditious libel) - New York (State) -
Subject:
Law : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Bedford Cultural Editions Series
Publication Date:
20100222
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.27 x 6.48 x 0.335 in

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