Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale
Give two reasons why Mary Seacole's offer of help at the beginning
of the Crimean War was rejected.
Describe the conditions at the army hospital in Scutari.
Study sources A4 and A5. What methods did Mary Seacole use to deal
with diseases such as cholera?
How does source A6 help to explain the events being described in source
Explain how and why Mary Seacole's experiences during the Crimean
War differed from those of Florence Nightingale.
In 1856 a British soldier wrote to The Times complaining that
while Florence Nightingale had become famous, the contribution made
by Mary Seacole was in danger of being forgotten. She has not been
forgotten but there is definitely more information about Florence
Nightingale than Mary Seacole in school textbooks. Can you give any
reasons for this?
Specimen Question from Edexcel (1988)
What can you learn about Mary Seacole's work from sources S4 and S13?
Study sources S4, S6, S7 and S13. Mary Seacole was hoping to
raise money by publishing her life story. Does her account of her
work (S4) seem exaggerated? Use sources
S4, S6, S7 and S13 to
explain your answer. (5)
Study sources S6 and S7. Source S7 is from a family letter. Is it
more valuable or less valuable than source S6 for an enquiry into
Mary Seacole's work in the Crimea? Use both sources to explain your
Study sources S8 and S9. How does source S9 help you to understand
source S8? Explain your answer. (4)
Study all the sources in this unit. Choose two sources which show
that Mary Seacole was famous in her own time. Which of the two sources
you have chosen gives the stronger evidence that she was famous in
her own time? Use both sources to explain your answer. (6)
Why was Mary Seacole so famous in her own time? (7)
Seacole and Florence Nightingale were both famous in their own time.
Why is Florence Nightingale's work in the Crimea better known today
than Mary Seacole's work? Use the sources, and your own knowledge,
to explain your answer. (10)