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Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross

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The Civil War (1861–1865) divided the people of the United States. Torn over the issues of slavery and states’ rights, the North and the South battled against each other in the deadliest American conflict ever fought. When the war ended, the country worked to unite and heal. Some of the people who lived and served during the Civil War era are among the nation’s most beloved heroes. From a young age, Clara Barton wanted to help people. Her kind nature led her to the battlefield to care for the wounded soldiers of ...
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Overview

The Civil War (1861–1865) divided the people of the United States. Torn over the issues of slavery and states’ rights, the North and the South battled against each other in the deadliest American conflict ever fought. When the war ended, the country worked to unite and heal. Some of the people who lived and served during the Civil War era are among the nation’s most beloved heroes. From a young age, Clara Barton wanted to help people. Her kind nature led her to the battlefield to care for the wounded soldiers of the Civil War. After the war, she eventually traveled to Europe, where she encountered the International Red Cross. Seeing the impact it had providing aid in Europe, Barton worked to create a similar organization in the United States. Her persistence and determination were rewarded when she founded the American Red Cross.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Clara Barton was a selfless, generous woman who gave enormous amounts of time and energy to helping people in need. Her ability to care for others came at an early age. When her older brother was seriously hurt in an accident, Clara nursed him for two years. Though she would have been a good nurse, she went on to become a teacher at the age of eighteen. In her early thirties, Clara left teaching and went to work for the United States Patent Office. Her job was to make written copies of official documents. When the war began between the north and the south, Clara volunteered to help wounded soldiers. She soon discovered that the government wasn't offering quality care to the wounded. There weren't enough bandages, medicines, or food. She regularly went to hospitals bringing food, tending to the injured, and offering comforting words. Barton even put herself in danger when she went to the battlefields to help the wounded soldiers. Eventually, the long hours and neglect of her own needs weakened her and she became ill. She had to leave nursing for a time to regain her health. When she was in Switzerland recuperating, she was introduced to members of the International Red Cross, an organization dedicated to helping people in need. She was so impressed with their work that she wanted this system established in the United States. Finally, in 1881 when Barton was sixty, the American Association of the Red Cross was formed in Washington, D.C. Clara Barton was never paid for heading the American Red Cross, so she accepted a job as superintendent of a women's prison. The job paid $1,500 a year, but she didn't stay there long. She soon returned to the Red Cross. In 1904, she left the Red Crossand retired to her home in Glen Echo, Maryland, where she wrote a book called A Story of the Red Cross. In 1912, she died at her home at the age of ninety. Barbara A. Somervill has written a book worthy of this remarkable woman. A variety of good photographs and drawings illustrate this book. A time line, further reading, internet sites, glossary, and source notes are included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756518882
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,455,838
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Barbara A. Somervill has been writing for more than 30 years. She has written newspaper and magazine articles, video scripts, and books for children. She enjoys writing about history, science, and investigating people's lives for biographies. Ms. Somervill lives with her husband in South Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Blood Flows at Antietam 9

A Young Calra Barton 17

Early Days in Washington 29

The Women Who Went to the Field 39

Onto The Battlefield 45

A Requiem from Andersonville 55

Barton in Europe 65

The Scarlet Cross Floats 75

Final Days, Final Words 87

Life and Times 96

Life at a Glance 102

Additional Resources 103

Glossary 105

Source Notes 106

Select Bibliography 108

Index 109

Image Credits 112

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