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Ten Days In A Mad-House
     

Ten Days In A Mad-House

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by Nellie Bly
 

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Nellie Bly took an undercover journalist assignment to pretend to be insane to investigate reports of brutality and neglect at mental asylums. After a night of practicing deranged expressions in front of a mirror, she checked into a working-class boarding-house where she feigned insanity so well that everyone was convinced. She was then examined by several doctors,

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Nellie Bly took an undercover journalist assignment to pretend to be insane to investigate reports of brutality and neglect at mental asylums. After a night of practicing deranged expressions in front of a mirror, she checked into a working-class boarding-house where she feigned insanity so well that everyone was convinced. She was then examined by several doctors, who all declared her to be insane, too.

Committed to an asylum, Bly experienced its dire conditions firsthand: horrible spoiled food; the patients mistreated and abused; unclean and unsanitary conditions. Furthermore, speaking with her fellow patients, Bly was convinced that some were as sane as she was. After ten days, Bly was released from the asylum with her editor's help and she published her experience in book form as "Ten Days in a Mad-House." It caused a sensation and brought her lasting fame. More importantly, thanks to this book, living conditions for the insane were improved and funds for their care were increased.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781463695392
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/07/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)

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Ten Days in a Mad-House 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading historical stuff and this was really interesting. To see from her eyes what would have been something scary to go through is amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredibly shocking to see how women were treated in the 1800s. We've come a long way, but still room for improvement. How scary how easily it was for a woman to get committed for insanity, then to endure such a hell hole.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful
B-loNY More than 1 year ago
An interesting quick read with a unusual dialogue
Anonymous More than 1 year ago