John Peter Zenger and the Fundamental Freedom

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McFarland, Jan 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 193 pages
In 1733, John Paul Zenger began to print the New York Journal, the newspaper that was to change Zenger's life and the direction of journalism in colonial America. The material published in the Journal so incensed Sir William Cosby, the royal governor, that Zenger was arrested for seditious libel. Zenger's case was taken on by Andrew Hamilton, the foremost lawyer in the colonies, and after several months in prison the printer was found innocent. The case became a landmark of journalistic freedom, establishing that truth was the ultimate defense against charges of slander or libel, and was both emblem and incitement of America's belief in a free press. This work traces Zenger's life, the development of what was to become the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment freedom in the colonies, and its subsequent evolution on both sides of the Atlantic.

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About the author (1997)

William L. Putnam --a world-known alpinist and broadcaster-- has written extensively on mountain and historic topics.

Putnam spent his career as a pioneering television broadcaster, serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the NBC-TV Affiliates. He became widely noted for the vigor of his televised editorials, and was for many years, the most influencial political force in his native city of Springfield, Massachusetts.

He is presently the sole trustee of the privately-managed, but world-famous, Lowell Observatory, in Flagstaff, Arizona; where he lives with his wife, Kathryn, and is occasionally visited by their several grandchildren.

Here, he brings his extensive knowledge and research to bear on a current topic that affects present-day political thinking in North America.

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