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Ours Is A History of Warriors: Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture

A final story for the moment inspired by our work with Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust on creating  KS3 learning resources about World War 1 and global citizenship. Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture wrote a diary of her experiences as a nurse with the U.S. Army Corp in World War 1. This is a remarkable rare survival of a first-hand woman’s account. Made even more special by Edith being the first ever Native Canadian registered nurse, and one of a very small group of indigenous women who went overseas to serve in World War 1.

It is so important that these stories are told and shared in our classrooms, because history and geography is so much richer and empowering than many of our current curricula and text books allow it to be. These hidden voices do exist, and become less hidden if we ask different questions, involve many more people, and unlock new perspectives on the evidence that survives for us to explore in archives, museums and communities. 

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