Analysis Of Clara Barton 's Life

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Introduction Clara Barton had many accomplishments throughout her life in all her endeavors. Her story begins at a young age and continues into her career as a valuable individual saving lives as a nurse. The accumulation of events and contributing factors that Barton experienced from her childhood into her adult years shaped her into the nurse remembered in history and helped mold the face of nursing for the future. Background Clara Barton is most notably remembered for her accomplishments, with the Red Cross and nursing, however, her story begins years earlier when she was born December 25th, 1821 (Evans 2003). Barton was born to Stephen and Sarah Barton and grew up in New Oxford, Massachusetts. Many of the experiences that Barton…show more content…
Barton not only became a teacher during a period where female teachers were rare, but she also opened the first free public school in New Jersey. Though the school was not immediately successful, it eventually took root and began to grow. It increased so much so that another school had to be built. In 1854, Barton resigned from teaching and became one of the first women to be employed by the federal government as a clerk at U.S Patent Office (Jones 2012). In 1861 at the Baltimore riot, soldiers from the 6th Massachusetts infantry were attacked. Many were wounded and killed. After hearing about the devastation, Barton left her work and went to tend to those wounded (Jones 2012). Barton, who led by example, was able to build up a volunteer network that lasted the entirety of the war. In March of 1865, Barton started the Office of Correspondence with friends of the missing men in the United States Army. Barton, with the help of volunteers, identified over 22,000 missing men. The searches for missing men led her to assist in establishing a national cemetery, where they properly marked the graves of nearly 13,000 men (Gorlick 2002). Barton’s great accomplishment with the war efforts gave her the opportunities to speak throughout the Northwest and Midwest. After two years of traveling and speaking, Barton retreated to Switzerland per doctors’ orders. While in Switzerland, Barton associated herself with the
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