Mary Curry Desha Breckinridge, known as “Curry,” was one of the first American nurses to go to Europe during World War I. Her service overseas — and her untimely death — demonstrate the difficulties and dangers of wartime nursing, even as Curry exemplified popular prescriptions for women’s self-sacrificing service to others. Background Born in Lexington,… Read more →
Anya Jabour is Regents Professor of History at the University of Montana in Missoula, where she teaches U.S. women’s history and the history of the American South. The author of several books and articles about women, families, and children in the nineteenth-century South, she served as historical consultant for the PBS miniseries Mercy Street, which highlighted the experiences of volunteer nurses in the Civil War South, and contributed to a blog, “Mercy Street Revealed,” about the historical themes featured in the show. She is currently completing a biography of social work educator and social justice activist Sophonisba Breckinridge (1866-1948), forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press.