“Friens and feller workers. Dis is a time which tries de hearts of men. Dis is de time when we’se got to stick together like glue…. We know wot we wants and we’ll git it even if we is blind.” -- The New York Tribune, quoting Kid Blink's speech to 2,000 strikers, using phonetic spellings to highlight his dialect.
It was July of 1899, and New York was not only experiencing a hot summer, it was in the middle of one of the biggest newsboy (aka “newsie”) strikes in American hist