A Brief Narrative of the Case and Tryal of John Peter Zenger: With Related Documents / Edition 1

A Brief Narrative of the Case and Tryal of John Peter Zenger: With Related Documents / Edition 1

by Paul Finkelman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312474431

ISBN-13: 9780312474430

Pub. Date: 02/22/2010

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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

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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 Zenger’s attorney, Andrew Hamilton. In this volume — which reprints the text of the Narrative as well as other contemporary documents, including excerpts from Zenger’s 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 trial’s long-term impact. Finkelman’s 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312474430
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
02/22/2010
Series:
Bedford Cultural Editions Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

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
Cosby’s Response to the Weekly Journal
The Disbarment of Zenger’s 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
        Zenger’s 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
        Hamilton’s Appeal to the Jury
        Hamilton’s 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, Zenger’s “Criminal” Articles,
       December 17, 1733, and September 23, 1734
    A.  An Article Questioning Cosby’s 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

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