Part III. Yellow Journalism (1890's-1900's) Progressive Era/WWI Period. Hearst, in 1896, lured away from Pulitzer"s "World" the illustrator R.F. Outcault, the originator of the popular comic strip character, the "Yellow Kid." The "World" used another illustrator to draw its strip. The "Battle of the Yellow Kids" resulted in the term Yellow Journalism being used to describe this circulation-boosting tabloid-type of Newspaper publishing.
Students will work in partners to complete the Yellow Journalism story of the USS Maine explosion. This quick and fun Mad Libs style activity is meant to show how inaccurate Yellow Journalism was at the time. My students loved this. I left it in an editable format.Key Words: Spanish American War; Yellow Journalism; USS Maine; American Imperialism