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Crying the News: A History of America's Newsboys

Vincent DiGirolamo


From the brilliant Benjamin Franklin to the dauntless Ragged Dick and the high-kicking Jack Kelley, hero of the Disney musical Newsies, newsboys have long commanded attention as symbols of struggle and success. But what do we really know about them? Crying the News: A History of America’s Newsboys places this idealized occupational group at the center of the American experience, analyzing their dual role as economic actors and cultural symbols over a century of war and peace, prosperity and depression, exploitation and reform. The book chronicles the career of hawkers and carriers from the 183 ... More

Keywords: newsboys, child labor, street peddling, street children, newspaper boys, carriers, hawkers, circulation, the press, newsboy strikes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780195320251
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195320251.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vincent DiGirolamo, author
Assistant Professor of History, Baruch College of the City University of New York