Nellie Bly circa 1890
Nellie Bly circa 1890

Nellie Bly was the pseudonym or pen name of Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (1867-1922)

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Nellie Bly Google Doodle

She began investigative journalism at age 23.

She wrote about the plight of working girls in factories, the everyday lives of Mexican people, the life in New York's mental institutions where she went undercover to expose the corruption and mistreatment of the inmates.


Nellie Bly from PBS American Experience

Nellie Bly from the National Women's History Museum's Young and Brave: Girls Changing History

This short and simple biography of Elizabeth Cochrane gives students an understandable text that incorporates different self portraits of Elizabeth's life and accomplishments.

Obituary: Nellie Bly, Journalist, Dies of Pneumonia, The New York Times (January 28, 1922)

Nellie Bly's 151st Birthday Google Doodle (May 5, 2015)

Nellie Bly Documentary
This video portrays a biography of Elizabeth Cochrane through a voice speaking about her life as well as showing different newspapers and photos.

Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum, 1893
Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum, 1893

Illustration from the book, 1887
Illustration from the book, 1887


Primary Sources

Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Ten Days in a MadHouse Movie Trailer (2016)

Undercover Reporting: Nellie Bly of the New York World

Nellie Bly 1887: Exposing the Treatment of Those with Mental Illness

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