John Peter Zenger
3rd Period by: Armin M. , Artin, M. , Nick S. , Aditya H.
John Peter Zenger was born in 1679 in Germany.
At the age of 13, he immigrated to America, where he learned how to print from the only "printer" at that time. Sixteen years later he became New York's second printer and opened his own printing shop where he printed religious tracts and open letters.
John Peter Zenger was against governor Cosby. On September 1734, John Peter Zenger's article accused the governor Cosby of violating the rules of his office. That later led to John Zenger's trial.
John Peter Zenger's contribution in Colonial Development
What is colonial development?
Colonial development or colonialism is the establishment, exploitation, maintenance, acquisition and expansion of colonies in one territory by people from another territory.
What was John Peter Zenger's relation with colonialism?
In late 1733, Zenger began printing The New Weekly Journal to voice his opinions critical of the colonial governor, William Cosby. He was later arrested on the charges of libel, meaning a malicious, false statement in published words, by the attorney general Richard Bradley.
Due to this unjust arrest, John Peter Zenger became a symbol for the freedom of the press in the young American colonies.
Definition: Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral uprightness.
John Peter Zenger had integrity because he was right about freedom of press. In that time no body could talk about government, but Zenger did and he told the truth about governments in his newspaper.
Andrew Hamilton, the lawyer, claimed that Zenger was not guilty. The result of court shows that Zenger had integrity because he was right about freedom of press.
Definition: The status of a citizen with right and duties
John Peter Zenger was not a good citizen because as we defined, citizens have some duties. In the government's rules, nobody could criticize rules , but Zenger did that. It means Zenger did not obey the rules of the government.
Zenger as a citizen had trial in court, he was in jail for eight years. He was not a good citizen for Great Britain because government arrested him.
The Trial of Peter Zenger
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