History HiJinks Book Club: Indelible Ink: the trials of John Peter Zenger and the birth of America’s free press by Richard Kluger

Monday, December 5, 2016

7:00 PM-8:15 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Trustee's Room (3rd Floor)

Mon, 2016-12-05 19:00 - 20:15

Indelible Ink:  the trials of John Peter Zenger and the birth of America’s free press by Richard Kluger

The untold story of the battle to legalize free expression in America by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Ashes to Ashes.

In Indelible Ink, acclaimed social historian Richard Kluger re-creates in rich detail this dramatic clash of powerful antagonists that marked the beginning of press freedom in America and its role in vanquishing colonial tyranny. Here is an enduring lesson that resounds to this day on the vital importance of free public expression as the underpinning of democracy.


“[Kluger] brings...vivid storytelling built on exacting research, a knack for animating the context and an exquisite sense of balance that honors this country’s essential press freedom without romanticizing its champions.” (Bill Keller - The New York Times Book Review)

“"Vivid and brisk....Kluger's summaries of the Journal’s most satirical passages are great fun to read....Fascinating, too, is Kluger’s analysis of the rhetorical strategies employed by Morris and Alexander in the Journal."” (The Los Angeles Review of Books)

“What is so timely about this well-written and thoroughly researched book is its reminder that no civil right extended to the American people is set in stone or inviolable.” (James Srodes - Washington Post)

“Celebrates the power of free expression….a comprehensive tribute to Zenger’s legal battle against censorship and reprisal.” (Starred Review - Publishers Weekly)

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