Museum Holiday Schedule

The New-York Historical Society Museum will be open Wednesday, December 24, 10am-3pm and will reopen Friday, December 26, 10am-8pm. For details, please visit our calendar.

Why Were NYC Newspapers Burned In 1734?

Colonial Governor William Cosby judged the Weekly Journal seditious and jailed the editor, John Peter Zenger. This first true opposition newspaper in the North American colonies reflected the views of two gifted lawyers, James Alexander and William Smith. Disbarred by Governor Cosby, Alexander and Smith nonetheless arranted for Zenger's ultimate acquittal by the bold argument of Philadelphia attorney Andrew Hamilton.

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