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  • Zenger came over to America as a 13 year old boy. He was originally from Germany.
  • Zenger. after 8 years of apprenticeship, became a printer and started his own shop
  • Zenger eventually got married to a woman named Anna and started a family
  • Zenger got put in jail for his newspaper, New York Weekly Journal, because the journal had been criticizing the governor WIlliam Cosby
  • After 9 months of jail, Zenger was put on trial for seditious libel. With the legal defense of Andrew Hamilton, Zenger was aquited of the charges. Hamilton won the case by insisting the stories are not libel since Zenger's newspaper stories were all true
  • Ultimately, the principle of free press established by Zenger's case led to the creation of the 1st amendment which protects the freedom of press. Thanks to Zenger, we, the American people, have the right to criticize tyrants like William Cosby.
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