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Leapin' newsboys! Musical honors 1899 strike
Leapin' newsboys! Musical honors 1899 strike

Way back in the day, before big-city newspapers had to contend with newfangled concerns like online readership, they focused solely on what they could cram into print and put into human hands. That task was made harder because cities had numerous dailies then, all trying to boost circulation. With the bottom line constantly an issue, some publishers would do anything to save a dime — exactly what Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst did in New York in 1899, when they raised the price newsboys had to pay per 100 papers by 10 cents. A dime was a big deal in 1899, and those newsboys refused to take the increase lying down. So they went on strike, singing and dancing up a...