In 1887, Nellie Bly had herself committed to the notorious Blackwell's Island insane asylum in New York City with the goal of discovering what life was like for its patients. While there, she experienced firsthand the shocking abuse and neglect of its inmates, from inedible food to horrifyingly unsanitary conditions. Ten Days in a Mad-House is Bly's expose of the asylum.
Written for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World, Bly's account chronicles her 10 days at Blackwell's Island and, upon its publication, drew public attention to the abuse of the institutionalized and led to a grand jury investigation of the facility. Ten Days in a Mad-House established Bly as a pioneering female journalist and remains a classic of investigative reporting. This edition also includes two of Bly's shorter articles: "Trying to Be a Servant" and "Nellie Bly as a White Slave".
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it took me a couple weeks to get through this book. I just couldn't get into it. I'm not saying its bad ...just really slow and boring. but it was interesting to hear how things were back in the day.
Wanted to read this book before it plays in the local theater December 2015. Remembered the old movie Snake Pit and the ignorance surrounding mental illness along with the inhumane treatment of the patients. Seems as though the mentally ill ran the asylums. Hard to believe such things went on in our mental hospitals. Throughout history people had strange ideas about mental illness, like demon possession, spells etc. Very brave woman, Nellie, to become an inmate to write this story.
How sad to hear how little it took to have a woman committed to an asylum. I would not have had the courage to enter an asylum, not knowing how or when I might be released. Nellie was a very strong woman!
Courageous investigative reporting.
Being able to get the real story on how innocent people are illegally put away and mistreated by the very people who have taken an oath to care for mankind.
Nelly Brown of course!!
Yes, the torture of sick and not so sick human beings incarcerated by the health system and getting away with all of it.
Thank you for opening the eyes of the public with your Incredible and extremely brave trip to the Mad House.
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