9781616209353-1616209356-Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York

Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York

ISBN-13: 9781616209353
ISBN-10: 1616209356
Edition: Reprint
Author: Horn, Stacy
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Format: Paperback 320 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781616209353
ISBN-10: 1616209356
Edition: Reprint
Author: Horn, Stacy
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Format: Paperback 320 pages

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Acknowledged authors Horn, Stacy wrote Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York comprising 320 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1616209356 and 9781616209353. Since then Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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"Enthralling; it is well worth the trip.” --New York Journal of Books
Conceived as the most modern, humane incarceration facility the world had 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 undercover reporter Nellie Bly. And we follow the extraordinary Reverend William Glenney French as he ministers to Blackwell’s residents, battles the 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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