Far-Out Friday: The Maggie Murphy Potato Hoax

FarOutFridayThe so-called Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century was a period of rapid industrialization and economic expansion in the United States.  A by-product of that time, especially in the 1890’s and into the early twentieth century, was a phenomenon known as “yellow journalism”.  While today’s article isn’t specifically about that topic (but watch for a series in the future), newspapers tried just about everything they could dream up to sell newspapers – including s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g the truth, especially with sensational headlines and little or no legitimate research to back up a story.

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