Thursday, August 29, 2013

Explorer: Nellie Bly

"The Best Reporter in America"


Elizabeth Jane Cochran was born in Cochran Mills, Pennsylvania on May 5, 1867. Her family was poverty-stricken after losing her father at age six, and Elizabeth moved to Pittsburg at age sixteen to find work. She was hired as a full-time reporter under the surname Nellie Bly for the Pittsburg Dispatch after writing a fiery response to a column that criticized working women. She later moved to New York to pursue her dreams as an investigative reporter where she worked to uncover examples of abuse and social problems such as unsafe working conditions, child labor, and poverty. In her first assignment with "New York World," she reported on cruel beatings and other terrible abuses to the mentally ill that she witnessed by covertly committing herself to an insane asylum.

In her book "Around the World in Seventy-Two Days," Bly details her record breaking trip around the world describing the people and places she encountered on her journey in 1889-1890. Read More

Spartacus Educational: Nellie Bly
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAWbly.htm

Bio.True Story: Nellie Bly
http://www.biography.com/people/nellie-bly-9216680

Ten Days in a Mad-House
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/bly/madhouse/madhouse.html

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