John Peter Zenger
A New York editor whose trial for seditious libel backfired on the government; the jury found that truth was a defense for libel.
American poet (born in Africa) who was the first recognized Black writer in America (1753-1784)
Defense attorney in the Zenger case who made the first step toward freedom of the press
a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
an act passed by the British parliment in 1756 that raised revenue from the American colonies by a duty in the form of a stamp required on all newspapers and legal or commercial documents
sons of liberty
Secret societies formed to protest new taxes passed by Parliament. Led the Boston Tea Party and threatened tax collectors.
taxed goods such as glass, paper, paint, lead, and tea. taxes were low but colonists still objected
a group's refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies
commities of correspondance
made sure that each colonie knew about events and opinions in the other colonies
boston tea party
demonstration (1773) by citizens of Boston who (disguised as Indians) raided three British ships in Boston harbor and dumped hundreds of chests of tea into the harbor
A series of laws set up by Parliament to punish Massachusetts for its protests against the British
a leader of the American Revolution and a famous orator who spoke out against British rule of the American colonies (1736-1799)