ATG Quirky: Nellie Bly goes undercover on Blackwell Island

by | Nov 14, 2019 | 0 comments

Check out this post and learn how pioneering investigative reporter Nellie Bly had herself committed to the infamous Blackwell Island insane asylum – just to get the story!

And what a story it was. Armed with her trademark courage and tenacity, Bly offered a first-hand account of the inhumane treatment patients were receiving, some of which she experienced herself.

The result was “a two-part illustrated exposé—the first called “Behind Asylum Bars,” and the second “Inside a Madhouse”—published in the New York World in 1887. The article was syndicated across the country, horrifying the public and forcing politicians to do something about it…”

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