Podcasts Give Me Liberty: The Making of American Exceptionalism

Episode 3: Liberty to Criticize our Rulers

Andrew Hamilton defending John Peter Zenger in court, 1734-5 (Library of Congress)

The freedom of expression is a core component of liberty. Now a well-known symbol for freedom of the press, John Peter Zenger shaped American history when he was famously acquitted in a libel suit. In this episode, Rick and Luke dig into one of the first cases of upholding freedom of the press—even when no such thing existed.

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