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Why did colonists considered George Washington a hero even after he was defeated by French?

Why did Andrew Hamilton defend John Peter Zenger and free speech?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I have no idea what you are talking about in the second part, but I will answer your first question.

    Washington was defeated at Fort Necessity in July 1754, but in 1755, he applied to be an aide to General Braddock in the expedition. While they were advancing towards the French fort, they were attacked by the French and Native Americans. Braddock was killed, but Washington took command and prevented the defeat from being any worse by leading an organized retreat. He also had two horses shot out from under him and four bullet holes through his coat. For this, he was dubbed the "Hero of the Monongahela", the Monongahela river is where the battle took place.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Why did colonists considered George Washington a hero even after he was defeated by French?

    Washington was not a outwardly brilliant General. He made a lot of mistakes. However, it was his ability to rally the men and survive against all odds that made him so appealing. Washington was a brave man of great integrity, despite his losses- and the defeat by the French that you speak of, it wasnt Washington who lost, it was Washington who stood there gallantly trying to win when it was impossible. He was not in charge, he served under the Brits in the war with the French. Washington was brave, and gallantry is what made heroes in those days.

    Why did Andrew Hamilton defend John Peter Zenger and free speech?

    Well, the REASON Hamilton defended Zenger is because the attorney general of the period got James Alexander and his colleague disbarred, so they called in Hamilton as a replacement. Hamilton did not defend his right to free speech, what he was really defending was freedom of press, before it was a Constitutional Right. The case against Zenger was about LIBEL and because the validity of his claims was not in question, the court ruled that their validity could not be used as evidence. Hamilton expressed that since there was no question that what he wrote was true, he couldnt be convicted for libel.

    The case was quickly dismissed because for one, Governor Cosby was widely disliked, as well as the sensibility of the case presented by Hamilton.

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