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Sensational: The Hidden History of America's "Girl Stunt Reporters"

In the waning years of the nineteenth century, women across the United States went undercover, risking reputation and often their own safety—working in sewing factories to monitor conditions, fainting in the streets to test public hospital treatment, and infiltrating orphanages—to expose on the papers' front pages the often substandard conditions under which ordinary Americans lived and worked. Intrepid reporters whose in-depth narratives were published in weekly installments, these "girl stunt reporters" changed laws, helped launch a labor movement, championed women's rights, and redefined the role of journalism for the modern age.

 

Sensational: The Hidden History of America's "Girl Stunt Reporters" will be published by HarperCollins in April 2021.