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Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands

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No autobiography by an Afro-American woman of the nineteenth century defies classification more than Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands (1857). A free-born Jamaican, evidently well protected from the tentacles of slavery, Mary Jane Grant Seacole did not write her narrative expressly to advance the cause of antislavery, as so many Afro-American women autobiographers did during her era.
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No autobiography by an Afro-American woman of the nineteenth century defies classification more than Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands (1857). A free-born Jamaican, evidently well protected from the tentacles of slavery, Mary Jane Grant Seacole did not write her narrative expressly to advance the cause of antislavery, as so many Afro-American women autobiographers did during her era.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781437800296
  • Publisher: IndyPublish.com
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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Mary Jane Seacole (1805-1881), sometimes known as Mother Seacole or Mary Grant, was a Jamaican nurse best known for her involvement in the Crimean War. She set up and operated boarding houses in Panama and the Crimea to assist in her desire to treat the sick. Seacole was taught herbal remedies and folk medicine by her mother, who kept a boarding house for disabled European soldiers and sailors. Confident that her knowledge of tropical medicine could be useful, and after hearing of poor medical provisions for wounded soldiers during the Crimean War, she travelled to London to volunteer as a nurse. Relying on her experience in the Caribbean, she applied to the War Office and asked to be sent as an army assistant to the Crimea. She was refused, mainly because of prejudice against women's involvement in medicine at the time. The British Government later decided to permit women to travel to the affected area, but she was not included in the party of 38 nurses chosen by Florence Nightingale. Instead, she borrowed money to make the 4,000-mile (about 6500 km) journey by herself. She distinguished herself treating battlefield wounded, often nursing wounded soldiers from both sides while under fire. When the conflict ended in 1856 she found herself stranded and almost destitute, and was only saved from adversity by friends from the Crimean War who organised a benefit concert. In later years, she expressed a desire to work in India after the Indian Rebellion of 1857, but was unable to raise the necessary funds. Seacole was honored in her lifetime, alongside Florence Nightingale, but after her death she was forgotten for almost a century. Today, she is noted for her bravery and medical skills and as "a woman who succeeded despite the racial prejudice of influential sections of Victorian society". Her autobiography, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands (1857), is a vivid account of her experiences, and is one of the earliest autobiographies of a mixed-race woman.
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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Every license nurse and nursing student should read

    This book is very informative on historical facts, and is very informative about the conditions and diseases during those years Ms. Seacole had more knowledge about disease than some doctors did in her day. She was consulted on many occassions by doctors and, she did consider herself as such. Ms. Seacole reffered to herself as doctoring patients. She was a very courageous woman. In our time she would be known as a medical doctor or nurse practioner.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    An unusual bio--worth a read

    With her sprightly style and dry wit, Mrs. Seacole takes us along on her adventures. From the disease-ridden Isthmus of Panama during the California gold rush, to the battlefields of the Crimea, she was undaunted by cholera, yellow fever, or prejudice. Kindhearted, practical-minded, and very self-directed--she gives us a different picture of a Victorian woman. I only wish she'd found the time to tell more of her story.

    The text is clean and this edition (Kaplan) had a useful forward.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

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    Autobiography Of A Kindhearted, Compassionate Woman

    An amazing story of an equally amazing woman. Mary travels to many continents, sometimes during war to offer her nursing/healing skills to those most in need. Although Mary encounters obstacles in getting to where she can be of help, she always manages to persevere and succeed and is able to use the talents and skills she is so eager to share.

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