Brief Narrative of the Case and Tryal of John Peter Zenger With Related Documents

ISBN-10: 0312474431

ISBN-13: 9780312474430

Edition: 2010

Authors: Paul Finkelman

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A Brief Narrative of the Case and Tryal of John Peter Zengeris 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 theNarrativeas 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.
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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 2/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

MU: Emeritus Professor of History and Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University; co-author of Documents of American Constitutional and Legal History, Volumes 1 & 2, 2e (OUP, 2001). PF: Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School, co-author of Documents of American Constitutional and Legal History, Volumes 1 & 2, 2e (OUP, 2001) and American Legal History, 3e (OUP 2004).

A Note on the Text
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
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
Related Documents
New York Weekly Journal, An Essay on the Liberty of the Press, November 12 and 19, 1733
New York Weekly Journal, Zenger's "Criminal" Articles, December 17, 1733, and September 23, 1734
An Article Questioning Cosby's Judgment in Foreign Affairs
The Middletown Letters
New York Weekly Journal, An "Illegal" Attack on the Attorney General, January 28, 1734
"Anglo-Americanus," Response to the Zenger Narrative, July 20, 1737
A Chronology of Events Related to the Case and Trial of John Peter Zenger
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
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