Kid Blink Beats the World

Book – Non-fiction. By Don Brown. 2004. 32 pages.
The story of the 1899 strike by the children who sold newspapers on the street for grades K-4.

  • Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 19th Century | Themes: Labor, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5 | Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Picture Books

kidblinkIn the summer of 1899, the hundreds of newsies who sold Randolph Hearst’s Journal and Pulitzer’s World on the streets of New York and surrounding cities went on strike. The issue was a penny—the extra penny that the press owners wanted to charge the newsboys to buy the papers. To the press owners it didn’t seem like much, but to the newsboys it was a living, and they fought. Led by kids with colorful names like Kid Blink, Race Track Higgins, Tiny Tim, and Crutch Morris, they refused to sell the papers, staged rallies—and finally brought the newspapers to the negotiating table.  [Publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9781596430037 | Published by Roaring Brook Press.


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