A Woman to Know: Mary Seacole

Is it surprising I should be somewhat impatient of the airs of superiority which many Americans endeavored to assumed over me? — Mary Seacole

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In the midst of the Crimean War, Mary Seacole was turned away from the British nurses brigade — despite her ample experience. She was desperate to tend to wounded soldiers in Crimea and give her own part to the war effort. So she bought a hotel, set it up as a hospital and began running her own nurses brigade — this one accepted any nurses who wanted to help.

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