Ashley Varela

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Ashley Varela is a freelance writer and author based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her latest work, Newsies vs. The World, was published by Theme Park Press in 2019.

Guided by a profound passion for history, she has conducted original research and put forth multi-part analyses on many topics, including the development of Major and Minor League Baseball in the Pacific Northwest; the creation of the four main theme parks of the Walt Disney World Resort; and the contributions of prominent women artists, designers, and costumers at Walt Disney Imagineering.

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Newsies vs. The World

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David Nasaw
“In those helter-skelter days of journalism between the Spanish-American War and World War I, the newsies shouting the headlines were as much a part of the urban street scene as the lampposts on every corner.”
David Nasaw, Children of the City

“Pulitzer justified his angry outbursts by saying that all men who amounted to anything, including Napoleon, were ill tempered and that a good temper 'was entirely incompatible with greatness in any line.”
Denis Brian, Pulitzer: A Life

“This was the sort of challenge that delighted Hearst, who, according to one who knew him well, regarded journalism as 'an enchanted playground in which giants and dragons were to be slain simply for the fun of the thing.”
W.A. Swanberg, Citizen Hearst

Oscar Lewis
“Any issue, wrote he, the front page of which failed to elicit a 'Gee whiz!' from its readers was a failure, whereas the second page ought to bring forth a 'Holy Moses!' and the third an astounded 'God Almighty!”
Oscar Lewis, Bay Window Bohemia

Jacob A. Riis
“Long ago it was said that "one half of the world does not know how the other half lives." That was true then. It did not know because it did not care. The half that was on top cared little for the struggles, and less for the fate of those who were underneath, so long as it was able to hold them there and keep its own seat. There came a time when the discomfort and consequent upheavals so violent, that it was no longer an easy thing to do, and then the upper half fell to inquiring what was the matter. Information on the subject has been accumulating rapidly since, and the whole world has had its hands full answering for its old ignorance.”
Jacob A. Riis, How the Other Half Lives

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