John Peter Zenger Trial Analysis

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Can you imagine a world without the liberty to write? Even worst, a world without the liberty to speak? Well, in 1735 John Peter Zenger published his complaints against the current colonial administration in his newspaper, the “New York Weekly Journal.” Because of that he was then charged of seditious libel against Governor William Cosby of the New York Colony. The John Peter Zenger trial from 1735 can arguably be one of the most important cases in American history which influenced our right to free press and speech today. Freedom is speech and press is obviously very important to us as Americans. We have all grown up learning about it as stated, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” in the First Amendment of our constitution. Not only is this idea a strongly held belief now but that conviction was held firmly over two and a half decades ago as demonstrated the Peter Zenger Trial. Let us compare the…show more content…
The argument in regards to free press from Peter Zenger’s lawyer, Andrew Hamilton was, “it is natural, it is a privilege, I will go farther, it is a right, which all free men claim that they are entitled to complain when they are hurt.” (Account of Zenger Trial). Let us take a minute to analyze what this means at the time and how it compares to now. Alexander argues that it is a “natural right,” the right received when born as a free man to have to liberty to complain when they are hurt. Much like today, for all those who are born in America we know no less than the liberty to complain. You can see that in daily as we are the country with the most lawsuits in the world! Andrew Hamilton
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