Category: Journalism

Books & Publishing Fiction History Journalism Victorian era

5 Victorian Era Writers that Tell Us What the Gilded Age Was Really Like

Nonfiction can be used to inform as Jacob Riis did in How the Other Half Lives or Nelly Bly in Ten Days in a Mad-House, but literature has the unique ability of telling readers about the human condition without preaching.  Often readers don’t even realize they are learning something about society or reading commentary.  Here […]

History Journalism Medicine Victorian era Women's history

Blackwell’s Island Asylum: “What, excepting torture, would produce insanity quicker than this treatment?”

This post was written by a guest blogger.  If you would like to guest blog, please fill out this form. Elizabeth Cochran’s Heroic Actions to Expose Corruption at Blackwell’s Island Women’s Asylum By Paulette Mahurin The Blackwell’s Island Asylum was the first civic mental hospital in the city of New York. Starting in the early […]

History Journalism United States Victorian era

Lizzie Borden: Damned by the Press?

The silence of a small New England town was shattered on the afternoon of August 4, 1892.  Andrew Borden and his second wife, Abby, were brutally murdered with an ax.  No one heard anything while the crime was being committed, but the media sensation it caused was heard across the country. Maid Bridget Sullivan was […]

Edwardian era History Journalism Victorian era Writing & Editing

Journalism at the Turn of the 20th Century

Today news can be accessed at the touch of a button, and it’s sometimes difficult to imagine an age when the newspaper was king. But that’s exactly how it was in the late 19th century. Several newspaper editions were usually published daily, and most communities of any size had multiple papers competing against each other. […]

Edwardian era History Journalism Medicine Victorian era Women's history

Victorian Insane Asylums: Treating Disease with Torture

Institutions to house the mentally ill began in the Middle Ages. The word “bedlam” is derived from the 760-year-old Bethlem Royal Hospital, which is still in operation. In the 21st century, unfortunately, there is a stigma about mental illness. One hundred years ago, however, being mentally ill meant more than being judged and stereotyped.  It […]

Edwardian era History Journalism

Trial of the 20th Century: the Thaw-White Murder

Decades before O.J. Simpson was charged with the murder of his ex-wife, there was another court case labeled “the trial of the century”. The case was known as the Thaw-White Murder, and it involved everything that makes crimes compelling to the general public – a celebrity, salacious sex and jealousy. Evelyn Nesbit The celebrity at […]

Books & Publishing History Journalism Nonfiction United States Victorian era

How the Other Half Lives

Once upon a time in America, a large number of people lived in abject poverty, out of sight and out of mind. Photojournalist Jacob Riis’s 1890 book How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York revealed this hidden community to the affluent and middle class. His book was an expose on tenement living, […]

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