Before the 19th century, most prisons were filthy, corrupt, and disorderly. They offered lawbreakers little chance to reflect and “repent” of their wrongdoings since prisoners were too busy trying to avoid disease, starvation, and abuse. The Eastern State Penitentiary, located in the residential Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia, was designed to remedy the ills of the prison system and offer inmates a chance to be “penitent” for their crimes.
Since the 1930s, drive-in movie theaters have been part of the American cultural landscape. Today, there are about 350 drive-ins across the country – a paltry number compared to the 4,000 that once were. These top ten drive-in movie theaters are must-visit attractions for film buffs and anyone who likes to have some good old-fashioned fun, with all of today’s modern comforts.
Nellie Bly was the pen name of Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, one of America’s first investigative journalists. Bly was born May 5, 1864, in Cochran’s Mills, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1880, at the age of 16, writing on “women’s” subjects such as homemaking, gardening, and society for the Pittsburgh Dispatch.