The Trial of John Peter Zenger
Lecture no. 2 from the course: Liberty on Trial in America: Cases That Defined Freedom
Taught by Professor Douglas O. Linder | 28 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
Freedom of speech was not a recognized liberty in the early years of American colonies. Speech critical of the powers that be could land one in legal trouble—even if everyone involved agreed the statements were true. Explore the colonial history of the press freedom, voter suppression, and attempts to influence juries as they all came together to affect the libel trial of John Peter Zenger. Did this landmark freedom of the press case actually set any precedent?