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Damnation Island : Poor, sick, mad & criminal in 19th century New York  Cover Image Book Book

Damnation Island : Poor, sick, mad & criminal in 19th century New York / Stacy Horn .

Horn, Stacy , (author.).


Conceived as the most modern, humane incarceration facility the world have ever seen, New York's Blackwell's Island, site of a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals, quickly became, in the words of a visiting Charles Dickens, "a lounging, listless madhouse." Digging through city records, newspaper articles, and archival reports, Stacy Horn tells a gripping narrative through the voices of the island's inhabitants. We also hear from the era's officials, reformers, and journalists, including the celebrated uundercover reporter Nellie Bly. And we follow the extraordinary Reverand William Glenney French as he ministers to Blackwell's residents, battles their bureaucratic mazes of the Department of Correction and a corrupt City Hall, testifies at salacious trials, and in his diary wonders about man's inhumanity to his fellow man. Damnation Island shows how far we've come in caring for the least fortunate among us - and reminds us how much work still remains.

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  • ISBN: 9781616209353
  • Physical Description: 301 pages : no illustrations ; 20 cm
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018.
Subject: Psychiatric hospitals > New York > 19th century > history

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Juniata County Library 362.2 HOR (Text)
Reason for purchase: Patron Requested
39640100691011 JUNM Non-Fiction Checked Out 07/24/2024

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