Debating the Issues in Colonial Newspapers: Primary by David A. Copeland

By David A. Copeland

For each significant occasion or factor of the colonial interval, newspapers published the evaluations of the day, in lots of circumstances trying to impression public opinion. matters akin to scientific discoveries, schooling, and censorship are coated during this assortment in addition to very important occasions corresponding to the French and Indian warfare, the trial of John Peter Zenger, and the Boston bloodbath. every one bankruptcy introduces the development or factor and contains information articles, letters, essays, even poetry representing either side of the argument as they affected americans. every one record is preceded via an explanatory creation. this is often the one number of fundamental resource records from colonial newspapers at the occasions of the period and may be a important software for examine and lecture room discussion.

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Would the Town hear that Dr. Cutler or Dr. Davis should be so treated? no more can it endure to see Boylston thus spit at. Nor has it been without considerable Study, expence in travel, a good Genius, diligent Application, and much Observation, that he has attain’d unto that knowledge and successful practice, which he has to give thanks to GOD for; and wherein we pray GOD that he may improve and grow with all humility. . As to the Case of Conscience referr’d to the Divines, we shall only say— —What Heathens must they be, to whom this can be a question.

The next selection is an essay by a New York lawyer and printer, William Livingston, on the liberty of the press and published by James Parker. It is, in part, an attack on another printer, Hugh Gaine, for refusing to print information sent to him. The essay is full of references to a free and independent press, but, as seen here, press freedom for Livingston, and no doubt Parker, meant certain limitations to an open and Impartiality, Objectivity, & the Press, 1729 29 uncontrolled press. Compare this to Livingston’s statement in the Independent Reflector in the impartial press readings.

I could name a Printer, so attached to his private Interest, that for the sake of advancing it, set up a Press, deserted his Religion, made himself the Tool of a Party he despised, privately contemned and vilified his own Correspondents, published the most infamous Falsehoods against others, slandered half the People of his Country, promised afterwards to desist, broke that Promise, continued the Publication of his Lies, Forgeries and Misrepresentations; and to compleat his Malignity, obstinately refused to 34 Debating the Issues in Colonial Newspapers print the Answers or Vindications of the Persons he had abused; and yet even this Wretch, had the Impudence to talk of the Liberty of the Press.

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