John Peter Zenger

John Peter Zenger

by Karen Bush Gibson
     
 
John Peter Zenger was a German immigrant who came to the United States at the age of 13. He soon became a printer's apprentice and learned everything he could about printing. He published the first independent political newspaper in the American colonies, The New-York Weekly Journal. The British colonial government became angry about articles in the newspaper that

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John Peter Zenger was a German immigrant who came to the United States at the age of 13. He soon became a printer's apprentice and learned everything he could about printing. He published the first independent political newspaper in the American colonies, The New-York Weekly Journal. The British colonial government became angry about articles in the newspaper that criticized the government. They demanded to know who wrote the articles. Although Zenger wasn't the writer, he refused to tell and was arrested for printing seditious libel. After eight months in jail, a sensational trial was held that found Zenger not guilty. John Peter Zenger and his trial influenced freedoms of speech and press that were later made a part of the Bill of Rights. But the consequences of the Zenger trial reached even farther. As one of the founding fathers who wrote the U.S. Constitution, Gouverneur Morris said, "The trial of Zenger in 1735 was the germ of American freedom, the morning star of that liberty which subsequently revolutionized America."

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Each title presents a pivotal episode from the subject's life, looks back to his formative years, develops his story, and wraps up by suggesting the impact that the individual has had on American history. The books each have five chapters with full-page sidebars. These thin volumes are densely packed with boring text and captions and average-quality color photos that are framed with scrolls. While it might be a bit of a challenge to find another stand-alone title on Zenger-Karen T. Westermann's John Peter Zenger: Free Press Advocate (Chelsea House, 2000) is one-consider these books supplemental purchases; if they leave the shelves at all, it will likely be just as bibliography fillers.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584154372
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
Profiles in American History Ser.
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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