Saturday, March 22, 2014

Books 2014 Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

My granddaughter had to report on a famous American and chose Nellie Bly. I posted a picture of her in her costume from the day it was presented. As part of her project she used a lot of materials to learn about one of the first female reporters to go beyond the society and gardening pages.

After the report was done she loaned me this book. What a terrible time it was to be trapped in the mental health system. Nellie was lucky to be rescued for many being commited to an asylum was a death sentence or led to a lifetime of abuse, neglect and horrible living conditions. I do wonder even with t,he money she was able to get for Blackwell's Island by bringing this all to the attention of a grand jury to be investigated, if conditions improved much and for how long.

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