Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles - [Kyle] Andrew Jackson, he looks at them and just says, defend yourselves. You damned rascals. (belches) (inspirational music) - Hello, I'm Drew Droege. I've had half a bottle of Reposado Tequila, and today we're talking about the newsboys' strike. So it's the 1890s. Also, it's New York. And there are these kids that are just rampant up the street. These little boys that are dirty, filthy, and they sold newspapers for a living. They would cry on the streets and they would be like, extra, extra, read all about it. I'm a Newsie. People, they were like, this kid is annoying. Fine, I'll buy a paper. It's okay. Get out of my face. I'm trying to enjoy my breakfast. In 1898, the Spanish American War broke out. And two major publishers named Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst-- - Namedrop. - I will, I'll do it. I'll name drop them. Hearst and Pulitzer took advantage of this, and so they raised the price of the newspapers to 60 cents a bundle. People were just buying newspapers. They were like, I've got to find out what's going on. But then when the war was over, they didn't lower the price of the newspapers and people weren't buying as many newspapers, so the Newsies couldn't make their money back. And so there were a handful of Newsies, mainly led by Morris Cohen and Kid Blink. Kid Blink has a patch over one eye and he looks like a man. (laughs) This is really, this doesn't get easier. You think you're gonna get a taste for the flavor and it just gets more and more violent. (laughs) Okay, anyway. (chuckles) They went to Hearst and to Pulitzer and they said, would you lower the prices back to 50 cents? And they said, no, we're not gonna do that. We're not gonna lower the price. Okay, so that's when, yeah. So when they were like, they were just like, strike! Strike! You're not gonna sell that. No, this is a revolution. Any of the other Newsies they saw with newspapers, they would take them and they would rip the papers up. (grumbling) (laughing) William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer sent men in to go into the streets to try to control these Newsies. The Newsies attacked these men. They attacked the men, they jumped on them. They were like, uh-uh, no, no, no, no, no, no. But really what, what really did something was they all walked and stormed and held up traffic on Brooklyn Bridge. Kid Blink is giving a speech and he's saying, friends and coworkers, we got to stick together like glue. We, this is a time, this is something we need to do. Even if you're blind, you have to do this. Police drove up and they were like, (cooing) that's the exact noise the police car made. (cooing) Oh wait, there you go. (cooing) So the cops were like, you're going to jail. (intense music) And these kids were like, what are we gonna do now? Like we have nothing. And then Kid Blink shows up. Wow. Wow. And he is dressed to the nines and he has a wad of cash. And he's like, hey, it's not that bad. We should probably stop doing what we're doing. We should, you know, we should respect the rules. We should go back to our lives. All is good. So the beret, no, wait. Morris Cohen was like, I get it. You've been bought out. We the, you, they bought you out, look at you. And so they kicked Kid Blink out of the club. It was like, you are not cool. You're a scab and an asshole. And then Morris Cohen took over. And said, we're not gonna go down like that. We're not gonna get bought out. We're gonna do this. And so they're growing in numbers. More and more kids were joining the newsboys' strike. And it spread to 14 different cities and people weren't able to buy newspapers. And so finally, these big wig men were like, we gotta meet with these kids. So then, so then they finally met with Morris Cohen. He sat down and said, hey. What do you want? And the kids were like, you have to lower the price of the newspapers. And they said, we're not gonna do that. And they said, okay, well then you at least need to buy back the papers that we don't sell. And they said, okay, we'll do that. And the kids were like, hurrah. You can't mess with us. We have figured it out. (hums) We win. It was a wonderful, wonderful time. Wonderful day. The Newsies united and created change. Yay, kids. - Hello. I'm Kyle Kinane. And today we're gonna talk about Andrew Jackson. The brawler. Starting early 1800s. America. Andrew Jackson's army, they're in Tennessee. He's an accomplished duelist. Jackson's been a soldier and brawler my whole time. I'm a bad ass dude. So there's a couple of brothers named Thomas and Jesse Benton. They're officers in Andrew Jackson's army. These two brothers, they're a couple of rabble-rousers. Couple of troublemakers. Thomas, he's power hungry. He wants to make it. He just wants, he wants, he wants, he wants it. Becomes Jackson's right-hand man. Jackson likes him so much, he sends him to DC. Jesse Benton, still in Tennessee. Probably the regiment, gets in an argument with another fella under Jackson's regime by the name of William Carroll. Some old timey argument. Jabber jabber jabber, jabber jabber jabber. No end result. (chuckles) We're not gonna settle this with words. All right, let's meet in the field and shoot at each other. Duel. So that's it. (laughs) It's very inefficient, it's very inefficient. So William Carroll knows he's experienced. He's like, so listen, Andy, do me a solid, I'm working onto you. Can you be on the ones and twos for me? Andrew Jackson says, you know what? I'm your second, let's go ahead. Duel. So the duel goes down. 10 paced duel. Turn, spit, shoot, boom. Carroll gets his thumb blown off. Still gets one off. Shoots Jesse Benton in his ass. Hilarious shot. (laughing) People are, they're going, they're like, did you hear about the duel? Jesse Benton's got an extra asshole. (laughing) Ah all right, all right, get them giggles out. Ooh yeah. (chuckling) The word gets all the way back. Thomas Benton, Jesse's brother, he's over there, DC, he's hearing about this. He's like, what? Where I left, now they're laughing about my name? And it's because Jackson supported this other guy? Now Thomas, who's been Andrew Jackson's aid, is furious. It's Andrew Jackson's fault for even allowing this stupid duel to happen. So he's not gonna stand for it. He heads back to Tennessee to restore honor to his family name. Andrew Jackson, back in Tennessee, he's hearing all this (bleep) talk. He's upset about all this. I'm Andrew goddamn Jackson. I'm gonna whip sense into these Benton brothers. Literally, he walks around for six weeks with a bullwhip on his belt. Says some real passo-agro (bleep). (whipping) You know how whips sound, put in a sound effect. Post production. Silent take, post produc. (laughing) - Okay so do you remember where you are? - They're all in Tennessee. Nashville. September 4th, 1813. The Bentons are holed up at a hotel. Other end of the strip. Andrew Jackson and his good buddy John Coffee, they're hanging. They all know why they're there. They got beef. Old timey beef, 1800s beef. Andrew Jackson's like, hey, John. Your name is indicative of morning activity, John Coffee. Let's go take a morning stroll. Let's go get my mail from the post office. So they take a little stroll around town. Oh, did it happen to take a circ, roundabout way in front of the hotel? Benton brothers posted up like, yeah, we expected this much. Andrew Jackson, he looks at them and just says, defend yourselves. You damned rascals. (belches) That was the final moment. Thomas Benton goes to the sidearm. Andrew Jackson already has it pulled. So Thomas, he goes back in the hotel. Meanwhile, Jesse's coming around sneakily. There's Andrew Jackson, but he doesn't see that Jesse's come around the corner. Fires off at Jackson. Bang, bang, Jackson, he gets shot twice. In the wing. Jackson goes to throw one off at Thomas. The gun misfires (spits) and it just farts out a musket. Burns a hole in his jacket. Coffee runs in. Coffee fires a few shots at Thomas. Oh, I'm being shot at? What's my safest bet? Let me just roll down these stairs. (intense music) He did that to himself voluntarily and... (intense music) Now we've got another Andrew Jackson supporter that just jumps in out of nowhere. Stokely Hayes.