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Crying the News: A History of America’s Newsboy – With Prof. Vincent DiGirolamo

September 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

6:00 PM – 7 PM EDT on Zoom

Post-Event Update: A video recording of this lecture can be found here.


Join Baruch College history professor Vincent DiGirolamo in a discussion of his award-winning pictorial study of Victorian America’s most omniferent and unshushable creation: the newsboy.

DiGirolamo will visually trace the shifting fortunes and influence of these “little merchants” from the rise of the penny press in 1830s New York through the wars, panics, and protests of the 19th century, highlighting how these children—boys and girls, blacks and whites, immigrants and natives—became key political actors and symbols in the making of modern America.

Published by Oxford University Press in 2019, the book has garnered rave reviews and several prestigious awards: the Frederick Jackson Turner Award, given by the Organization of American Historians, the Philip Taft Labor History Prize, and the Frank Luther Mott Research Award for best book on journalism and mass communications.

The newsboys “now have their Boswell” in DiGirolamo,” said the Wall Street Journal. “His Crying the News is an encyclopedic account of these heralds of the golden age of newspapers in America.”

“Monumental,” said Journalism History. “A well-balanced book that refuses to romanticize its subjects.”

“Breathtaking,” said the New England Quarterly. “The author resurrects countless historical characters, telling their story with ingenuity and grace.”


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September 30, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm