Zenger and Crevecoeur HIPPO - Matthew Gilmore Period 4...

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Matthew Gilmore Period 4 1/31/19 Leininger Questions - 1. How did Hamilton’s defense help contribute to the development of American democracy? Andrew Hamilton, Zenger’s lawyer, helped to contribute to the development of democracy in America by fighting for freedom of the press. Zenger is guilty of libeling the Governor of New York. Libeling is the publication of false statements in order to damage another’s reputation. During the trial, Hamilton argues that the statements Zenger made are not untrue and therefore not a libel. Hamilton is essentially saying that Zenger’s statements may have very well damaged the Governor’s reputation but because the statements are not false, it is not libel. During this time, people of high authority could punish people such as Zenger for saying what he did. But Hamilton is making a change to that. By doing so he began to create the foundation of democracy in America. 2. Do Crevecoeur’s statements accurately represent the colonies? Crevecoeur’s statement accurately represents the colonies to a certain extent. At the beginning of his statement he discusses how the social structure of the American colonies is different from that of Europe. He makes accurate statements about how there isn't a feudal-like system in the colonies and there’s no aristocracy ruling above all. However, he then continues to say that there aren’t many people working in manufacturers and that the gap between the rich and the poor isn’t all that large. Large numbers of people may not be working in factories but thousands of slaves are working on plantations in the south, as well as indentured servants. Also, freed indentured servants would likely disagree that the gap between the rich and the poor is small, but in fact quite large. His statements are also too general for them to be true. He essentially argues that every house in the colonies is comfortable to live in. This matter is subjective, but there’s no way that it can true. Crevecoeur makes some accurate statements about the colonies, but only to a certain extent. Zenger Case Historical Context - The document was created in 1736 by New York Times editor John Peter Zenger. During this time New York was a royal colony and under the poor leadership of Governor William Cosby. This document is Zenger’s account of the trial. It’s important to note
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