A fascinating and troubling glimpse into late Victorian asylums and the pioneering of an early investigative journalist.
“I began to have more confidence in my own ability now, since one judge, one doctor, and a mass of people had pronounced me insane, and I put on my veil quite gladly when I was told that I was to be taken in a carriage, and that afterward I could go home. “I am so glad to go with you,” I said, and I meant it. I was very glad indeed.”
Excerpt from Ten Days in a Madhouse by journalist Nellie Bly who, in the late 1880’s, feigned insanity to investigate reports of brutality and neglect at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island.
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