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Zenger, John Peter
Zenger was an itinerant German printer who wrote critical and ridiculing articles about Pennsylvania's royal governor in the 1730s. He was arrested for seditious libel, but was acquitted in a trial that became a celebrated defense of freedom of the press.

Zimmermann telegram
The Zimmermann telegram to Mexico from the German foreign minister was intercepted and published in the United States. In it Germany offered to help Mexico regain territories it had lost to the United States in the event the United States and Germany went to war. Americans were outraged by this potential threat to their national security.

zoot suit
Zoot suiters were Mexican-born residents in the United States during World War II who wore a distinctive costume consisting of a broad-brimmed hat, long suit coat, and peg-legged pants. American servicemen in cities like Los Angeles sometimes attacked gangs of zoot suiters.


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