Nellie Bly

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Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly

About HerElizabeth Cochran, or as we know Nellie Bly was born May 5, 1864 in Cochran, Pennslyvania. Whcih was named after well-respected father. At the age of six, her father passed away leaving their family with financial problems and her mother had to take care of 13 children. When she was 15, she attended a semester at the Indiana State Normal School to become a teacher. She then had to leave school because her family could not afford it. Later, she wrote a letter to a newspaper, Pittsburgh Dispatch, in response to their article and then she was offered a job there. Many businesses were complaining because of her undercover work, so she was moved to Mexico, but then later was moved back to the U.S. She was thn offered a Job at New York World where she did many undercover jobs. At age 30 she married 70-year old, Robert Seamen. Then at the age of 57, she died of pneumonia on January 22, 1922.

The ProblemThe treatment of the mentally ill during the Progressive Era was horrible. The asylums were extremely unsanitary and cramped.The food was disgusting and rats crawled around the buildings. There were many fire hazards due to nurses locking all of the doors. Nurses physically and verbally abused the patients in many ways and forced them to take ice cold baths. Lastly, people were put into the asylums even if they were completely sane, and just couldn't afford actual medical attention.

Nellie Bly's book: Ten Days In a Madhouse

"I always had the desire to know asylum life more thoroughly- a desire to be convinced that the most helpless of God's creatures, the insane, were cared for kindly and properly."

Efforts for ChangeNellie Bly checked herself into a baording home where she acted insane. The other residents of the home had to call the police. Later, she was put into Blackwell's Island Asylum. While she was at the asylum she didn't actualy act insane. She expeinced abuse from the nurses, cold baths, and horrible food. After ten days in the asylum, she was taken out by Joseph Pulitzer, her boss. She then wrote about her tough experiences and later wrote a book.

"I think I experienced some of the sensations of a drowning person as they dragged me, gasping, shivering, quaking, from the tub. For once I did look insane."

ImpactAll of Nellie Bly's efforts did make an impact. She went through brutal experiences all for one reason, better treatment of the mentally ill. Her hard work led to the governemnt giving three million dollars for mental institution improvements. Insane Asylums recieved bigger budgets and the insane were treated much better. Nellie Bly did acheive her goal.

By: Claire Lally


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