On January 25, 1890, journalist Nellie Bly arrived in New York City, 72 days and 6 hours after leaving—an around-the-world record in the days before air travel.
Nellie Bly was already a celebrated investigative reporter when she set off on her trip, which was inspired by the Jules Verne novel Around the World in 80 Days. Bly had exposed sweatshop labor conditions among female garment workers in New York and documented the harsh dictatorship of Porfirio Dias in Mexico. Most famously, she uncovered horrific abuse at psychiatric facilities by faking insanity.
The technology of telegraph and underwater cable networks allowed Bly to send short updates to her thousands of readers. She rode steamships across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; met Jules Verne in France; bicycled along a tropical promenade in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka); rode a litter carried by porters in Hong Kong; and, finally, took a private train from California to New York for the final leg of her journey.
exciting or unusual experience.
person with complete control of a government.
to keep track of.
article of clothing.
state of being of unsound mind or mental capability.
to influence to act.
journalist who thoroughly researches and reports a single topic, such as a crime or mystery.
person who reports and distributes news.
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vehicle carried by people or animals: a bed, couch, or chair, often covered and curtained, suspended between shafts. Also called a sedan chair or palanquin.
fictional narrative or story.
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having to do with the science of diagnosing and treating mental disorders.
set of time tables or deadlines for appointments or completion of tasks.
factory that employs workers at low wages, for long hours, and under poor conditions.
the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.
system of communication involving devices connected through electrical wires.
existing in the tropics, the latitudes between the Tropic of Cancer in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the south.