11 May 2010

42. Ten Days in a Mad-House

Ten Days in a Mad-House - Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly actually has herself commited in New York in 1887. She was a newspaper reporter and wanted to do an expose story on whatever she found in her exploration into an insane asylum.

What she found was terrible conditions and horrible care givers who were supposedly there to help the less fortunate.

The book started with the planning. She spoke about her ideas and expectations. It is very ballsy to even attempt such a thing, let alone pull it of.

I am not surprised by the deplorable conditions or the cruelty she encountered. Why would the book ever be known to me over 120 years later if she had found a perfect setting where people were well cared for?

I am glad she did this and am still amazed at the guts this young woman showed to get this story and then to ensure the problems were fixed.

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