May 5th 1864 the first day Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman ever lived She

May 5th, 1864, the first day Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman ever lived. She lived in Corchen Mills, in a small house with her 14 siblings. Seaman was not considered a normal girl. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up most adults thought she would say a mom; however, to everyone’s surprise, Seaman would always answer “reporter.” And sure enough, that is what she did. Her efforts in journalism were one of the main reasons that people were treated better in sweatshops and mental hospitals. But that wasn’t all; during her life; Seaman performed many heroic acts and even traveled all around the world in seventy-two days. Once immersed in the world of journalism, Seaman changed her name to Nelly Bly, which became her pen name throughout the rest of her life. Nellie received horrible formal schooling, however, she persisted and became a reporter. Nellie’s career began in 1885 as a reporter for the “Pittsburgh Dispatch”.She first saw an article in the P.D called “ What Girls Are Good For”. she got so upset she wrote an article back. The article was so well written that the editor gave her a job. Her first article was about working girls, slum life, and other like topics. Nellie’s articles were so good that instead of writing in the designated ‘Women’s Pages” she was given a rare opportunity to report on wider issues. She took this opportunity to write about bigger issues like corruption in the Mexican government or the condition of the poor. In 1887 Cochrane left Pittsburgh for New York City and went to work for Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World. The second she got the job she immediately wanted to do something bigger so she got herself committed to fake her way into the Infamous Blackwell’s Asylum to unmask the torture of the patients. She made herself look ill and, she faked a name. All of these efforts helped her fake her way into Blackwells. The first day she went to the asylum she was pleasantly surprised at how clean the area was however, it was no shock to her when the “nurses” said that the patients had to clean the place. Other horrible things like this happened so instead of writing an article she wrote a book called “10 days in a madhouse

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