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6 - The Foremother

from Part III - Angels

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 February 2022

Lara Kriegel
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Indiana University
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The newest addition to the pantheon of Crimean worthies is the Caribbean healer and hotelier Mary Seacole, who ministered to the troops at the war front. In 1857, Seacole released her autobiography, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands. The book was an effort to safeguard her livelihood and secure her place in Crimean history. The latter goal was realized with the rediscovery of the autobiography in the later twentieth century. Black British activists and health care providers found an inspiration in Seacole’s story, sharing it in their communities and building on its legacy. By the millennium, their labors had transformed Seacole into a national icon, with a place in the National Curriculum and the National Gallery. A magisterial statue of Seacole now stands on the South Bank of the Thames, where Florence Nightingale spearheaded efforts in nursing education. Touted in the past as the “Black Nightingale,” Seacole was another unconventional woman with a long legacy. Yet, she is a Crimean protagonist in her own right, known for warmth, humor, and ingenuity. An embodiment of distinctive virtues, Seacole has become a Crimean role model for the twenty-first century.

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The Crimean War and its Afterlife
Making Modern Britain
, pp. 200 - 235
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • The Foremother
  • Lara Kriegel, Indiana University
  • Book: The Crimean War and its Afterlife
  • Online publication: 10 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108906951.007
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  • The Foremother
  • Lara Kriegel, Indiana University
  • Book: The Crimean War and its Afterlife
  • Online publication: 10 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108906951.007
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  • The Foremother
  • Lara Kriegel, Indiana University
  • Book: The Crimean War and its Afterlife
  • Online publication: 10 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108906951.007
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