The Press: Freedom's Birthday

The morning of Oct. 29, 1733 found the village green at Eastchester, N. Y. humming with excited voices, sparkling with banners gold-emblazoned "Liberty and Law." Voters of the district were out to elect a representative to the Provincial Assembly. Fifty or so of them had shivered on the green since midnight because the High Sheriff, a puppet of tyrannical British Governor William Cosby, had failed to set an hour for the hustings.

The High Sheriff did his rascally best to get the Governor's candidate elected. When a viva voce vote showed most of...

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