Newsies

As part of our studies of immigration and child labor in the USA in the early 20th and late 19th century, we will watch the movie Newsies.

Use this image to answer some questions

Step-by-step

  1. 1. Click on the image on the right of the newspaper boys to enlarge it.
  2. Using Pages, write a 250 or more word description of one of the boys found in the picture.   Write in the first person; in other words, imagine you are one of them. “I am a young boy…”  Be sure to include some or all of the following:
  • What  you see around you.
  • How you are dressed.
  • What you are doing.
  • What is similar and different between you and other boys.
  • What you do all day long.
  • How you like or don’t like your situation.
  • A little about your family.

3.  Post your writing on your blog.  Include the picture too please!!!  It is hard for people to relate to a writing about a picture if they can’t see it.

4. Read the description of the movie below

5. Relax, and watch the movie Newsies!

Newsies (From IMDB.Com)

July, 1899: When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise the distribution price one-tenth of a cent per paper, ten cents per hundred, the newsboys, poor enough already, are outraged. Inspired by the strike put on by the trolley workers, Jack “Cowboy” Kelly (Christian Bale) organizes a newsboys’ strike. With David Jacobs (David Moscow) as the brains of the new union, and Jack as the voice, the weak and oppressed found the strength to band together and challenge the powerful. Written by Kaitlin Dwyer Rankins

A week in the life of the exploited, child newspaper sellers in turn-of-the-century New York. When their publisher, Joseph Pulitzer, tries to squeeze a little more profit out of their labours, they organize a strike, only to be confronted with the Pulitzer’s hard-ball tactics. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <[email protected]>

In 1899, New York City got its news from an army of ragged orphans and runaways, called newsies. They sold the newspapers of Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, and other great publishers. Like many of his friends, newsie Jack Kelly (Christian Bale) dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when Pulitzer and Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsies’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for, and must decide between his dreams and his newfound responsibility. Written by Jack Gambol <[email protected]>

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