By Sharon M Harris
A suffragist who wore pants. this is often simply the easiest of how Dr. Mary Walker is well-known within the fields of literature, feminist and gender experiences, historical past, psychology, and sociology.Perhaps extra telling approximately her lifestyles are the phrases of an 1866 London Anglo-American instances reporter, "Her unusual adventures, exciting reviews, vital companies and very good achievements exceed whatever that smooth romance or fiction has produced. . . . She has been one of many maximum benefactors of her intercourse and of the human race."In this biography Sharon M. Harris steers clear of a simplistic view and showcases Walker as a Medal of Honor recipient, reading her paintings as an activist, writer, and Civil struggle health professional, in addition to the various nineteenth-century matters she championed:political, social, clinical, and felony reforms, abolition, temperance, gender equality, U.S. imperialism, and the hot Woman.Rich in learn and keyed to a brand new new release, Dr. Mary Walker captures its subject's articulate political voice, public self, and the realities of anyone whose ardent ideals in justice assisted in shaping the unconventional politics of her time.
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Albert was also ordered to pay $100 for Mary’s legal costs. Although the divorce was granted, the five-year waiting period meant an incomplete resolution. 1 While waiting for the court’s decision, Mary closely followed developments in the war. Her sentiments were rendered in a poem, “King Cotton,” that she recorded: “What groans arise, what blood is spilt, / What bitter lamentation: / And shall such sufferings have no end? / Such misery be eternal? ” Having determined that her medical training was the asset she could best contribute to the war effort, Mary began preparations to close her medical office and offer her services as a physician to the Union army, refusing the preferred method for women physicians of serving as a nurse.
J. M. Mackenzie, a Sacramento physician who had come to Washington to treat the wounded. Mackenzie wrote a letter of recommendation for her, with the required testimony as to a physician’s moral character; as a woman—and one who defied convention by traveling without a male escort and wearing a reform dress—this testimony was doubly necessary for Mary. 4 It was a daily challenge to treat patients because of scarce supplies. The medical staff consisted of Drs. Green and Walker as surgeons, three women nurses, and several male nurses.
As she reached the far side of the Potomac, a guard stopped her. She repeated to the guard the heart-wrenching story of the lieutenant’s condition and his family’s fears. 12 Mary boarded the train at Alexandria and rode to the end of the line. She had another five miles to travel, and conditions were not conducive for a woman traveling alone. Roads battered by troop movements spread out in several directions from the station, and she had no means of knowing precisely where the lieutenant’s camp was located, but through conversation with members of a relief association, she discerned a likely direction and borrowed their saddle-horse.
Dr. Mary Walker: An American Radical, 1832-1919 by Sharon M Harris