John Peter Zenger’s Trial
- Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800
Original colonial documents concerning Zenger case
- Early American Newspapers, Series I: 1690-1876
All issues of New-York Weekly Journal
(Both are available in library databases from Readex Digital Collections, American Antiquarian Society and NewsBank)
- Historical Society of the Courts of the New York State www.courts.state.ny.us/history/zenger.htm
Read the 1736 version of A Brief Narrative of the Case and Tryal of John Peter Zenger, written by James Alexander.
- Finkelman, Paul, ed. A Brief Narrative of the Case and Tryal of John Peter Zenger. Union, NJ: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd., 2000.
Editor adds legal discussion about the Zenger case.
- Katz, Stanley Nider, ed. A Brief Narrative of the Case and Trial of John Peter Zenger. 2nd ed. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1972.
Editor discusses trial’s impact on press freedom.
- Federal Hall National Memorial, New York City www.nps.gov/feha
Visit the historic building constructed on the 1735 site of Zenger’s trial. Has exhibits on Zenger’s Trial and Freedom of Press and Speech.
Freedom of the Press
- First Amendment Center www.firstamendmentcenter.org
Provides information for students and lesson plans for teachers about the First Amendment, including freedom of the press.
- The U.S. Constitution Online www.usconstitution.net
Contains information and links for students of all ages about the Constitution and its history.
- Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania www.nps.gov/inde/home.htm
Visit the place where the Founding Fathers debated and approved the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitutution.
- National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Learn about the writing of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Founders.
- The National Archives, Washington, D.C. http://www.archives.gov
Get an up-close view of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Read more about these “Charters of Freedom” at the web site.
18th century printing shop (Library of Congress)
Printing Colonial Newspapers
- Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia www.history.org
At the printing office, watch experts demonstrate the same methods used by John Peter Zenger.
- Meltzer, Milton. The Printing Press. New York: Benchmark Books, 2003.
- Pasley, Jeffrey L. The Tyranny of Printers: Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2001.
Boyd Mills Press www.boydsmillspress.com
Calkins Creek www.calkinscreekbooks.com
Children’s Book Council www.cbcbooks.org
Children's Literature www.childrenslit.com
Cynthia Leitich Smith on Children's Literature www.cynthialeitichsmith.com
Family Reading Partnership www.familyreading.org
Institute of Children’s Literature www.institutechildrenslit.com
Midwest Book Review www.midwestbookreview.com
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators www.scbwi.org