Clara Barton and the American Red Cross

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Clara Barton and the American Red Cross Clara Barton was born on December 25, 1821 in Oxford, Massachusetts. Clara was the youngest of five children in a middle class family. She was educated at home until the age of fifteen, when Clara began teaching school herself. Though Clara Barton is probably most known for establishing the Red Cross, she only had two years of medical experience before the war. Clara gained this experience by taking care of her invalid (a person made weak by injury or illness) brother. When the war began in 1861, Clara had been working in the United States Patent office in Washington, D.C.. She organized a relief program for the soldiers when the 6th Massachusetts Regiment came to Washington after the…show more content…
She also traveled to Camp Parole, Maryland to set up a program to help find soldiers that were missing in action. In 1869, Clara traveled to Europe. While there, she discovered a new international organization called the Red Cross. Clara Barton was determined to bring the organization back to the United States. On May 21, 1881, Clara and some friends held the first meeting of the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C.. She was selected to be the president of the society at that very meeting. Clara Barton ran the organization for the next 23 years and retired in 1904 at the age of 83. Clara Barton died on April 12, 1912. Clara Barton was the founder of the Red Cross in America, but not in the world. The Red Cross began in Switzerland in 1863. A man named Henri Dunant came up with the idea for the Red Cross on a business trip in Italy in 1859. He saw a battle that involved thousands of soldiers. And when the battle was complete, the “The door that nobody else will go in at, seems always to swing open widely for me.” -Clara Barton sick, injured, and dying were just left on the battlefield. Over 40,000 soldiers from both sides were pretty much left to die. Dunant was shocked by this and so he left his business trip to
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