indelible ink the trials of john peter zenger and the birth of americas free press

Download Book Indelible Ink The Trials Of John Peter Zenger And The Birth Of Americas Free Press in PDF format. You can Read Online Indelible Ink The Trials Of John Peter Zenger And The Birth Of Americas Free Press here in PDF, EPUB, Mobi or Docx formats.

Indelible Ink

Author : Richard Kluger
ISBN : 0393354857
Genre :
File Size : 43. 22 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 962
Read : 343

Download Now


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.

Indelible Ink The Trials Of John Peter Zenger And The Birth Of America S Free Press

Author : Richard Kluger
ISBN : 9780393245479
Genre : History
File Size : 75. 11 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 236
Read : 336

Download Now


The untold story of the battle to legalize free expression in America by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Ashes to Ashes. The liberty of written and spoken expression has been fixed in the firmament of our social values since our nation’s beginning—the government of the United States was the first to legalize free speech and a free press as fundamental rights. But when the British began colonizing the New World, strict censorship was the iron rule of the realm; any words, true or false, that were thought to disparage the government were judged a criminally subversive—and duly punishable—threat to law and order. Even after Parliament lifted press censorship late in the seventeenth century, printers published what they wished at their peril. 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, an impoverished printer named John Peter Zenger with a wife and six children, in fact had no hand in the paper’s vitriolic editorial content—he was only a front man for Cosby’s adversaries, New York Supreme Court Chief Justice Lewis Morris and the shrewd attorney James Alexander. Zenger nevertheless became the endeavor’s courageous fall guy when Cosby brought the full force of his high office down upon it. Jailed for the better part of a year, 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 and its role in vanquishing colonial tyranny. Here is an enduring lesson that resounds to this day on the vital importance of free public expression as the underpinning of democracy.

Trials Of The Earth

Author : Mary Mann Hamilton
ISBN : 9780316341363
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 64. 49 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 903
Read : 631

Download Now


The astonishing first-person account of Mississippi pioneer woman struggling to survive, protect her family and make a home in the early American South Near the end of her life, Mary Mann Hamilton (1866 - c.1936) began recording her experiences in the backwoods of the Mississippi Delta. The result is this astonishing first-person account of a pioneer woman who braved grueling work, profound tragedy, and a pitiless wilderness (she and her family faced floods, tornadoes, fires, bears, panthers, and snakes) to protect her home in the early American South. An early draft of Trials of the Earth was submitted to a writers' competition sponsored by Little, Brown in 1933. It didn't win, and we almost lost the chance to bring this raw, vivid narrative to readers. Eighty-three years later, in partnership with Mary Mann Hamilton's descendants, we're proud to share this irreplaceable piece of American history. Written in spare, rich prose, Trials of the Earth is a precious record of one woman's extraordinary endurance and courage that will resonate with readers of history and fiction alike.

The Rickover Effect

Author : Theodore Rockwell
ISBN : 0595252702
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 43. 25 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 897
Read : 1051

Download Now


Originally published: [Annapolis, Md.]: Naval Institute Press, c1992.

The Taming Of Free Speech

Author : Laura Weinrib
ISBN : 9780674974685
Genre : Law
File Size : 32. 19 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 741
Read : 612

Download Now


Laura Weinrib shows how a coalition of lawyers and activists made judicial enforcement of the Bill of Rights a defining feature of American democracy. Protection of civil liberties was a calculated bargain between liberals and conservatives to save the courts from New Deal attack and secure free speech for both labor radicals and businesses.

Pericles Of Athens And The Birth Of Democracy

Author : Donald Kagan
ISBN : 9780684863955
Genre : History
File Size : 53. 75 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 521
Read : 1022

Download Now


"Kagan, faithful to his lifelong fascination with Pericles . . . gives us an accessible and invaluable account of his life and deeds."--Allan Bloom, author of "The Closing of the American Mind."

Woman Of Valor

Author : Ellen Chesler
ISBN : 9781416553694
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 56. 68 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 892
Read : 813

Download Now


Ellen Chesler's 1992 biography of Margaret Sanger is acclaimed as definitive and is widely used and cited by scholars and activists alike in the fields of women's health and reproductive rights. Chesler's substantive new Afterword considers how Sanger's life and work hold up in light of subsequent developments, such as U.S. Supreme Court cases challenging the constitutional doctrine of privacy and international definitions of reproductive health as an essential human right.

Top Download:

Best Books