The Amsterdam News – Educational Lesson - Level 2

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Take a journey into the heart of Harlem with James H. Anderson as he uses a ten dollar investment to establish 'The Amsterdam News', which has been named as one of the most influential black newspapers throughout most of the 20th century. Enjoy reading about Anderson and the influence of this weekly circulation on society since December 4, 1909. Students will find this read comprehension lesson about The New York Amsterdam News fascinating along with corresponding questions. 

Three fun facts about The Amsterdam News:

  • It became one of the largest, longest-running, and most influential black newspapers in the country.
  • It was one of the first newspapers to focus on Malcolm X and to publish his column, "God’s Angry Man."
  • When it started, there were only about 50 black newspapers in the entire country.

Harlem Roots Lesson: Level Two

An excellent choice for students with a better command of reading this lesson will contain one fact-filled reading comprehension lesson of approximately 350 words with ten questions to ensure a strong understanding of the lesson. You will also receive an answer key.



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