Penny Papers: innovation & social change

Here is a link to the wiki I created on the penny papers. My focus is on the reciprocity of technology and social change. Emphasis is on Benjamin Day’s The Sun which is regarded as the first penny paper of New York.
Hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to contribute to the wiki and I will add you as an editing member!

About smyers

Hi Everyone, I am a high school alternate school teacher living in Vancouver, BC. I have been teaching for 15 years, though I am not sure where all that time has gone. I love working with teenagers, and am grateful that I have the opportunity to share my love of learning with young people every day. It's a pretty sweet gig!
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1 Response to Penny Papers: innovation & social change

  1. Hi Stephanie.

    You have done an amazing job. Your list of resources is really impressive. I like the idea of doing a wiki. Very well done. You have provided a lot of very interesting details abouth the history of penny press in particular The Sun. I came accross many of what you said while reading the articles and more I was reading more I liked this project.

    It is true that there was no proves of literaty improvement around New York in that time even though it was clear that all these penny savers had much readerships. Since the people from the lower class could afford them, it gave more people the opportunity to become literate in a way.

    All the very best,


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