Confirmed, 1860

“The taste for exploiting the private lives of those who have rendered themselves in any way famous is becoming more and more confirmed in America… the coarseness and injustice of the personal details appearing in our press have already disgraced us and the civilized world.”

— Ada Clare, “Thoughts and Things,” Saturday Press (New York, N.Y.), April 21, 1860, quoted in Bad Scarlett (2017) by Deborah C. Pollack, an excellent read

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