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This book was egregiously racist both explicitly and implicitly. I could tell you that it was the story of a young girl and her quest to become a doctor in the late 1880s, but that's not enough. It's also the story of how black people are dirty, stupid, worthless, lazy, scary, and naturally only fit to wait on the white folks. This sentiment lies under the entire book, and is verbalized numerous times by various characters. I kept putting it down and fuming. Had it not been a library book, and a ...more
Kathryn Worth's four novels are among my favorites, and this is particularly unusual in that the heroine is an aspiring doctor in the 19th century. Her uncle promises to help pay for her training if Maggie can learn to govern her temper and raise half of the necessary funds herself. That is indeed hard to do but equally difficult is for a young woman to earn money in this era. In addition, there is an appealing young man for Maggie to consider: can she include him in her future plans without giv ...more
This was one of my mother's books when she was young, and I read it over and over. It's a little harsh in spots, which I imagine was a sign of the times during which it was written, but it's a great story and very empowering for girls.