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New Lesson Plan: Nellie Bly 1887-Exposing Treatment of those with Mental Illness

Published on Tue, 03/06/2018

Nellie Bly’s account of her experience as an inmate at an asylum as an undercover journalist offers a gripping entry point into the history of mental health care reform and a discussion of how people in need of care should be treated. In this lesson, students explore several primary sources addressing the treatment of people with mental illness and disability at New York City’s Blackwell Island in the mid to late 1800s.

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