Thursday, March 12, 2009

Penny Press

With the diversity of cultures that began to arise in the 19th century came a new Melting Pot. This created more want for media that interested other minorities such as blacks and Irish folks at the time. The penny press catered to the mass middle class rising, costing much less than regular papers. These papers were seen as protecting the liberty and social equality of citizens.

Around the 1830's the penny press was able to have a weekly circulation of about 50,000 papers do to the overflow in New York of people from England. 3 papers were actually in circulation: The Sun, The New York Herald, and The New York Tribune. Most people were literate by this time and that is why the Press was able to survive with 3 papers in such a small area.


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