"Extra! Extra! Read all about it!" The famous cry was heard on city streets throughout the country. Beginning in the 1830s, newsboys, and a few newsgirls, stood on the street corners in New York City and other major cities shouting headlines in an effort to sell newspapers. Their popularity spread, and by the late 1800s, newsboys appeared as characters in books. Decades later they were even featured in movies. "Newsies," as they were called, became famous, but the newsboys’ lives were far from glamorous.
About the Author
Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history.He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.
Table of Contents
Bringing news to the streets Newspapers and the boys who sold them A newsboy's life Helping out Newsboys in print Fighting for better pay End of the American newsboy.