Burn The Papers

26 Wall St New York

National Park Service
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When you walk into this room, note the printing press. This press is similar to the printing press where John Peter Zenger began printing the New York weekly journal in 1733. This was the only publication that criticized royal governor William Cosby. When Cosby ordered a public burning of the newspaper, Zenger argued for freedom of the press. He was thrown in prison and was ultimately brought to trial. 

“A liberty both of exposing and opposing tyrannical power by speaking and writing truth” –Zenger's Defense
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The monumental case inspired the entire city and helped to further the cause of freedom that led to revolution 40 years later. The John Peter Zenger trial would lead the way for the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, which reads, “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.”

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