By Anita Anand
In 1876 Sophia Duleep Singh used to be born into royalty. Her father, Maharajah Duleep Singh, used to be inheritor to the dominion of the Sikhs, a realm that stretched from the plush Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber move and integrated the powerful towns of Lahore and Peshawar. It was once a territory impossible to resist to the British, who plundered every little thing, together with the fabled Koh-I-Noor diamond.
Exiled to England, the dispossessed Maharajah remodeled his property at Elveden in Suffolk right into a Moghul palace, its grounds stocked with leopards, monkeys and unique birds. Sophia, god-daughter of Queen Victoria, used to be raised a genteel aristocratic Englishwoman: awarded at court docket, afforded grace-and-favour accommodations at Hampton courtroom Palace and photographed donning the most recent models for the society pages. but if, in mystery defiance of the British executive, she travelled to India, she lower back a revolutionary.
Sophia transcended her history to commit herself to combating injustice and inequality,a some distance cry from the lifestyles to which she used to be born. Her reasons have been the fight for Indian independence, the destiny of the Lascars, the welfare of Indian squaddies within the First international struggle -- and, chiefly, the struggle for girl suffrage. She was once daring and fearless, attacking politicians, placing herself within the entrance line and swapping her silks for a nurse's uniform to have a tendency wounded infantrymen evacuated from the battlefields. Meticulously researched and passionately written, this mesmerizing tale of the increase of ladies and the autumn of empire introduces a unprecedented person and her half within the defining moments of modern British and Indian historical past.
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108 Cooks and laundresses hired directly by the Union army made less than nurses: between $6 and $10 per month. Regimental laundresses were paid directly by the soldiers for whom they washed, which made regular wages more elusive. Most women gladly accepted pay, but some let it be known that the amount was inadequate. ”110 If the army could not pay women a living wage, argued Emmeline Tenney, then it could not expect to retain competent workers. As a middle-class white, Tenney could not simply say that she needed her wages; like others who shared her class interests, her words betrayed the view that the best workers, indeed the most patriotic ones, were those with more than a common pedigree.
If there is a place for me among your suﬀering ones I am willing and should be happy to give you my servises [sic]. — Mrs. Nathan A. Tinkham to the Secretary of the Christian Commission, November 28, 1864 Women of both sections began to oﬀer themselves for hospital service immediately after the war began. Their ambition grew out of a need to do more than prepare food, clothing, and medical supplies for men at the front. Some felt it a patriotic duty akin to the soldier’s; others spoke of religious calling, Christian duty.
Though not always paid, they received food in exchange for their labor. S. ) ceived no pay in the four months past. The Paymaster refused to pay them as formerly and said they would receive their pay from the Medical Purveyor. There is no Medical Purveyor in this department. ”119 Workers were at the mercy of an undependable pay system that was also segregated by race. 120 Throughout the war, middle-class women who volunteered for service carefully set themselves apart from those who received wages.