Introduction to "Newsies"

Introduction to "Newsies"

Author: Alicia Mackall

Students will learn about the Newsboys Strike of 1899 before watching the Disney movie "Newsies" and completing various Newsies projects and activities.

These resources serve as an introduction to the Newsboys Strike of 1899 and the newsies of New York City for background knowledge before students view the Disney film "Newsies" and complete corresponding activities. By learning about this historic event, students will learn about child labor, unions and strikes, and the impact children can have on the world. 



Core Curriculum Content Standards: Social Studies

  • 6.1.4.A.1
  • 6.1.4.A.3
  • 6.1.4.A.2
  • 6.1.4.A.12
  • 6.1.4.C.3
  • 6.1.4.C.4
  • 6.1.4.C.8
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Video Report of the Newsboys Strike of 1899

Newsboys Strike of 1899

The movie "Newsies" is loosely based on the Newsboys Strike of 1899. Read these articles for some background information on the strike:

New York Historical Society History Detectives

American Postal Workers Union

Ask New York Public Library

Check out these newspaper articles about the newsboys:

The Definitive Newsies Resource

University of Texas artifacts