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The story was published in a series of articles for Joseph Pulitzer's New York City Newspaper The World in the late 1800 and then later in novel form.
This was amazing and horrifying. In 1887 Nellie Bly, the author of this book and a reporter, faked insanity and spent 10 days in an insane asylum so she could report on the conditions.
The conditions were horrendous at best. Some women were just getting over physical illnesses, some women couldn't even speak English There were beatings, cold baths in the same water as all the other "prisoners', inedible food, extreme cold conditions and the list goes on and on.
When Bly left, her reports launched a jury investigation, and surprise surprise Things started to improve. Due to her bravery and reporting skills she was able to improve conditions and get more money allocated to treatment of the insane than ever had before.
The story is compelling, eye-opening and horrifying all at the same time. The abuse of power and the conditions that these women suffered will make anyone think about how people who can do little for themselves are treated by others in society. What does that say for humanity? Has anything changed in the 21st century? It's a very thought-provoking read.
This must have been the golden age of journalism. It's investigative journalism at it's best. The fact that it's a real story makes it even more interesting.
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The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle https: //www.createspace.com/6528004
Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle https: //www.createspace.com/6530138
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle https: //www.createspace.com/6498370
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle https: //www.createspace.com/6498594
The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle https: //www.createspace.com/6499304
The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle https: //www.createspace.com/6500007
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle https: //www.createspace.com/6499480
The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge by Arthur Conan Doyle https: //www.createspace.com/6500211
The Adventure of the Devil's Foot by Arthur Conan Doyle https: //www.createspace.com/6501272
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle https: //www.createspace.com/6501461
Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle https: //www.createspace.com/6502006
The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle https: //www.createspace.com/6502339