Clara Barton Contributions

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Clara Barton was a woman of incredible stamina and valor to whom America as a whole owes much. Her efforts in the Civil War are well remembered and well documented. Her bravery in helping wounded soldiers on the battlefield set her apart from other women of her time, initiating her social work for years to come. The skills she learned as a child she used for the good of humanity. The far reaching influence of Clara Barton’s tireless work helped to drastically improve the healthcare of the United States, and expand medical horizons.
Clara experienced a special childhood. She was very sheltered by her family and with that came immense shyness that she would later have to overcome. Her older brothers and sisters each took special interest in
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Her horseback riding lessons would serve her well on the battlefield as she would find herself “…on a strange horse in a trooper’s saddle, flying for life or liberty in the front of pursuit.”. Clara’s father “Captain” Barton and his many battle stories along with military and political lore familiarized her with the ways of war. When she found herself amidst combat, she writes that she was “far less a stranger to the conditions… and never addressed a colonel as captain, got my cavalry on foot, or mounted my infantry” which was more than most women of that time or ordinary men could …show more content…
She then moved on to lecturing throughout the Northeast and Midwest from 1866-1867 where she met women from the suffrage movement and aligned herself with them. A prominent suffragist, Ida Harper, wrote that “…hundreds of thousands came to listen, to weep, and to applaud…” Clara as she spoke about her Civil War experiences. She was “… one of the most highly paid lecturers of that time…” which helped popularize her name and her dedication. Later this would prove to assisted her in her founding the American Red Cross.
After Clara’s two years of touring, following nervous exhaustion which left her temporarily blind, doctors told her to go to Europe in hopes she would finally relax and rest. However, in Geneva, Switzerland, she learned about the Red Cross. The Red Cross at that time was only in Europe and called for protection of the sick and wounded during wartime on a neutral basis. She had the opportunity to distribute relief supplies in the conquered city of Strasburg and other areas of France during the Franco-Prussian War. Clara was inspired by these experiences and decided to bring this effort

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