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Prelude to the Zenger Trial: A Colony Divided

The Zenger case arose out of the deep divisions in the political life of the Colony of New York in the early 1730s. Zenger’s New York Weekly Journal (America’s first independent political paper) was founded by James Alexander as a means of giving voice to the many people critical of Governor William Cosby’s policies and heavy-handed tactics.

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