Ep. 7: Newsies (1992)

This week, we were off to turn-of-the-century New York with Christian Bale and friends, in a story inspired by the real-life Newboys’ Strike of 1899. A few notes and links for you:

*The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (which now sponsors programs to help schoolkids learn history via Hamilton) provides some historical background on the strike and its key players.

*Learn more about “yellow journalism” – and about Pulitzer and Hearst, Nellie Bly, and other major figures in journalism from the era – here and here.

*Find out why Spot Conlon and friends were so defensive of their Brooklyn roots.

*The Jacobs family may not have been able to afford a rooftop garden, but they were definitely in vogue. See more of what their lives might have been like via the excellent Tenement Museum of New York.

*The classic book of the era depicting the difficulties faced by the urban poor is Jacob Riis’ “How the Other Half Lives.” Interested in fiction that provides a broader sweep of New York City’s development? Edward Rutherfurd is the master of the place-as-character subgenre.

Season 2, Episode 1: "Gettysburg" (1993) Costume Drama Rewind

We're back from our summer break and kicking off our second season with "Gettysburg," the 1993 war epic, directed by Ron Maxwell and starring Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Kevin Conway, and Stephen Lang. Instead of just walking you through each part of the battle, in this episode, we're here to provide some context for what happened during these three days, what the stakes were for the Union and the Confederacy, and what the result meant for the American Civil War going forward.*Despite what "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" may have told you, there appear to have been no actual vampires in the Battle of Gettysburg.
  1. Season 2, Episode 1: "Gettysburg" (1993)
  2. Season 1, Episode 23: Harvest Time – A Farewell to Jo March Madness and Season Finale
  3. Season 1, Episode 22: Jo March Madness Round 3: "Little Women" (2018) vs. (2019)
  4. Season 1, Episode 21: Jo March Madness Round 2: "Little Women" 1994 vs. 2017
  5. Season 1, Episode 20.5: Jo March Madness Minisode – Louisa May Alcott

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