Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands
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Excuse me for yelling, but truly guys, this incredible woman doesn't deserve to be forgotten like this. Because while Florence Nightingale is nowadays known as the classic example of a hard working nurse, Mary Seacole as a POC deserves to get the same fame.
'Mother' Mary Seacole (1805-1881) did what very little women in her time and age ever could: make a name for herself. She ...more
It's very hard to context with a state of things if they've been made to seem that way for forever and a day. The nineteenth-century is case in point: white, white, white, with everyone become a history expert if you slightly beg to differ. There's also the matter of colonialism and lack of Internet at the time rendering the majority of visible stories grinding to the abject, a representation that may go a long way in terms of scope but is not nearly the entirety. Something that's bothered ...more
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
This books is interesting for so many different reasons. First of all: the life Mrs. Seacole led is just amazing it itself. Adventures truly is the right word to describe this. She's lived everywhere and se ...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
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
These memoirs, written when Seacole was short of cash, cover two periods - her time running various hostelries in Panama, w ...more
I read this autobographical book by Mary Seacole after reading a historical novel and it was referenced in the author's notes. My interest was,well peaked and luckily found it free on Amazon. What an amazing life this woman had!!! She was a self-described doctress of medicine in the mid-1800's in South America where she was born. She was mixed race woman, describing herself as "the yellow woman." The colorful language she uses is endearing and sometimes comical as she relates h ...more
As yet I haven't actually read the whole book, but I'm getting there.
Her story of survival in th ...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.
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