Damnation Island

Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York
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Author(s): Stacy Horn
Original Publish Date: May 15, 2018
Product Number: EB00711971
Released: May 15, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781616208288
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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<DIV><B>&quot;Enthralling; it is well&#160;worth the trip.&rdquo; --<I>New York Journal of Books</I></B><DIV><BR /> Conceived as the most modern, humane&#160;incarceration facility the world had ever seen, New York&rsquo;s Blackwell&rsquo;s Island,&#160;site&#160;of a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals, quickly&#160;became, in the words of a&#160;visiting Charles Dickens, &quot;a lounging, listless&#160;madhouse.&quot;&#160;Digging through city records,&#160;newspaper articles, and&#160;archival reports, Stacy Horn tells a gripping narrative&#160;through the voices of the island&rsquo;s inhabitants. We also hear&#160;from the era&rsquo;s&#160;officials, reformers, and journalists, including the celebrated undercover&#160;reporter Nellie Bly. And we&#160;follow the extraordinary Reverend William Glenney&#160;French as he ministers to Blackwell&rsquo;s residents, battles the&#160;bureaucratic&#160;mazes of the Department of Correction and a corrupt City Hall, testifies at&#160;salacious trials, and in his&#160;diary wonders about man&rsquo;s inhumanity to his fellow&#160;man.&#160;<I>Damnation Island</I>&#160;shows how far&#160;we&rsquo;ve come in caring&#160;for the least fortunate among us&mdash;and reminds us how much&#160;work still remains.</DIV></DIV>

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Author(s): Stacy Horn
Narrator(s): Pam Ward
Product Number DD36645
Released: May 15, 2018
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Publisher: Highbridge Company
ISBN: #9781684411986
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Author(s): Stacy Horn
Narrator(s): Pam Ward
Product Number Z100108228
Released: May 15, 2018
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Publisher: Highbridge Company
ISBN: #9781684411993

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