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Bell Ringer: History of Newspaper Boys

History of Newspaper Boys

Historian Vincent DiGirolamo talked about what life was like for newspaper boys both in the cities and on the railroads in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Description

Historian Vincent DiGirolamo talked about what life was like for newspaper boys both in the cities and on the railroads in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Who were the newsboys?
  • Explain what life was like for them.
  • Describe their school experiences.
  • What were common misconceptions about newsboys?
  • Describe the various positions of a railroad newsboy.
  • According to Vincent DiGirolamo, how were newsboys part of the working class?
  • How were newsboys affected during the Progressive Era?
  • Explain how the role of newsboys changed over time.

Additional Resources

  • Bell Ringer: Muckrakers

    Historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses muckrakers.

  • Lesson Plan: The Penny Press

    The 1830s saw a change in the newspaper business model. People began to experiment with publishing inexpensive newspapers that were filled with content that catered to the middle class. Their goal was to appeal to the masses, so they adopted a conversational style of writing and produced daily news stories that were entertaining and update-to-date. The Penny Press greatly impacted the world of newspapers and their effects can be seen today.

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Ethos
    • Industrial Workers Of The World (wobblies)
    • Juvenile Delinquency
    • Literate
    • Precarious
    • Progressive Era

    Topics

    EducationMediaU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity