Clara Barton: The Heart of American Red Cross Essay

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Introduction From childhood to death Clara Barton dedicated her life to helping others. She is most notably remembered for her work as a nurse on the battlefield during the Civil War and for the creation of the American Red Cross. Barton was also an advocate for human rights. Equal rights for all men, women, black and white. She worked on the American equal Rights Association and formed relations with civil rights leaders such as Anna Dickensen and Fredric Douglass. Her undeterred determination and selflessness is undoughtably what made her one of the most noteworthy nurses in American history.
Historical Perspective Clarissa Harlowe Barton, born on December 25, 1821, in North Oxford, Massachusetts. Carissa (Clara) was born the
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Being the first women to work at the United States Patent Office, she was also the first female federal employee.
Clara was 39 years old when the civil war began in 1861 and she was bound and determined to help in any way she could. Seemingly being fought at every turn being told that the battlefield was no place for a woman, Clara considered joining the Army Nurse Corps but was put off by the strict requirements and attitude of Dorthea Dix, so she took matters into her own hands to find a way to help. (Marrow, 1996, p. 2) After the first attack of the Civil War on Fort Sumter, Clara and her sister Sally awaited the train of wounded soldiers. The train arrived and Clara was devastated to see many of her childhood friends injured. The women from town did all they could to help by cutting up old handkerchiefs and dressing wounds with them. It was quite obvious to Clara that much needed to be done to help these soldiers, there were very few doctors and no trained nurses and many of these men had not one single belonging. Clara used her own belongings and her own money to and gathered everything she could think of to help. “She became a one woman agency, cooking food and buying stores out of her own salary and distributing them to the military hospitals and hilltop encampments.”(Holder, 2003, p. 3)
The true beginning of her work on the battlefield was not until Colonel Daniel H. Rucker granted her permission to bring her

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