The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands
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Mrs. Mary Seacole was first and foremost a lady. To call her anything else, except for a lady nurse, would be an insult to this wonderful woman.
Mrs Seacole was a nurse, in particular in her native Kingston and in the Crimea. She was biracial and refused a p ...more
Often called Mother by her friends and patients, Mrs. Seacole was trained as a nurse by her mother. She used those skills during a cholera epidemic while living in Central America, and then she became ...more
But historical prejudice aside, this is one good biography. I'm thoroughly enjoying it, particularly because Mary visited some interesting places. She began her life in Jamaica where she learned doctoring from her mother. From her father she must have ...more
The spectacular events that Mary Jane Seacole describes within her book are fascinating due to the racial, economical, and cultural barriers that she seemingly penetrated throughout her adventurous life; had Seacole been a white English middle-class woman, the feats of this heroine would be less noteworthy.
Mrs. Seacole carefully constructed her racial image to her readers and to those she came in contact with during her travels. Seacole admits that she is not white but a mix of races, giving h ...more
I will forever be indebted to the fantastic [children's] show, Horrible Histories, for introducing me such an incredible woman as Mary Seacole. Her determination and kind heart in the face of adversity in the extreme makes a fantastic read and I very much recommend it, particularly if you are still under the illusion that Nightingale -the lady with the lamp- was the 'heroine' of the Crimea. That being said, during a phone conversation with my mother in which I was heartily recommending TWAoMSiML...more
I was particularly struck by the contrast between the flexible rainbow-coloured racism of the British Empire and the rigid black-and-white racism of the American South. Mrs Seacole is denied passage on an American ship in Panama solely on acciunt of her colour. In England, she is treated with courtesy but not taken seriously. In the bloody melting pot of the Crimen War she is very nearly an equal.
Her story of survival in th ...more
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