Author: Richard Kluger

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Indelible Ink in the 686s

January 29, 2018 Uncategorized 6

Indelible Ink in the 686sTitle: Indelible Ink: The Trials of John Peter Zenger and the Birth of America's Free Press
Author: Richard Kluger
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: Fascinating story, but a little bogged down in the details.

Although freedom of the press is (mostly) a value we accept without question today, when the British first colonized North America, they brought with them a long history of punishing any published criticism as libel. Regardless of whether the printed material was true or false, it could destabilize the government and must be stopped! When a small, weekly newspaper began criticizing the British governor of New York, there was no question the printer would be punished. The novel argument his lawyer made, that accusations must be false to be libelous, was the beginning of a new approach to freedom of the press in the nascent United States. Read more »

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