Nellie Bly/ Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman By Ashley Follett
Biography • Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman was born May 5, 1864. • Her father died when she was six years old • Her father was a wealthy landowner but the family became fairly poor after his death • She wasn’t a great student in school but loved to write.
Biography • When 18 she wrote an anonyms letter to the editor of the “Pittsburg dispatch” in response to a sexist article saying women were only good for cooking and cleaning, and etc.
Biography • The editor was so impressed he wanted to meet her thus getting her first job as a journalist. She wrote an article against the other.
Biography • Later on she was offered a full time job and since society thought it was improper fro women to use their real names she took the name Nellie Bly from a Stephen Foster Song.
Biography • She held a strong view on women's right and working conditions. • She also did a lot of undercover work.
Biography • Soon she was fired because of the business she went under cover for didn’t like her articles about the workings conditions. • The next paper she worked for is The New York World.
Biography • Bly Faked insanity to get on the inside of a mental institution. • She found out the people were being fed vermin invested food and physically abused by staff. • Some patients weren't even insane.
Known for? • She is mostly known from her trip around the world in seventy two days. • Wrote the book Around the World in 72 Days, Ten Days in the Madhouse.
Marriage • April 5, 1895 she married Robert Seaman. • He was a “millionaire industrialist from Catskill, New York.” • He died ten years later.
Quotes from the “Mad House” • "...My teeth chattered and my limbs were ...numb with cold. Suddenly, I got three buckets of ice-cold water...one in my eyes, nose and mouth.“
Quotes from the “Mad House” • “How can a doctor judge a woman's sanity by merely bidding her good morning and refusing to hear her pleas for release? Even the sick ones know it is useless to say anything, for the answer will be that it is their imagination.”
Quotes from the “Mad House” • “I have watched patients stand and gaze longingly toward the city they in all likelihood will never enter again. It means liberty and life; it seems so near, and yet heaven is not further from hell.”
Quotes from the “Mad House” • “I took upon myself to enact the part of a poor, unfortunate crazy girl, and felt it my duty not to shirk any of the disagreeable results that should follow.”
Workcited • http://www.america.gov/st/peopleplace-english/2008/April/20080427131539eaifas0.3595806.html • http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/history/lavender/386/nellie.html