Clara Barton, Professional Angel

Clara Barton, Professional Angel

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by Elizabeth Brown Pryor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812212738

ISBN-13: 9780812212730

Pub. Date: 12/28/1988

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Widely known today as the "Angel of the Battlefield," Clara Barton's personal life has always been shrouded in mystery. In Clara Barton, Professional Angel, Elizabeth Brown Pryor presents a biography of Barton that strips away the heroic exterior and reveals a complex and often trying woman.

Based on the papers Clara Barton carefully saved over her

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Widely known today as the "Angel of the Battlefield," Clara Barton's personal life has always been shrouded in mystery. In Clara Barton, Professional Angel, Elizabeth Brown Pryor presents a biography of Barton that strips away the heroic exterior and reveals a complex and often trying woman.

Based on the papers Clara Barton carefully saved over her lifetime, this biography is the first one to draw on these recorded thoughts. Besides her own voluminous correspondence, it reflects the letters and reminiscences of lovers, a grandniece who probed her aunt's venerable facade, and doctors who treated her nervous disorders. She emerges as a vividly human figure. Continually struggling to cope with her insecure family background and a society that offered much less than she had to give, she chose achievement as the vehicle for gaining the love and recognition that frequently eluded her during her long life.

Not always altruistic, her accomplishments were nonetheless extraordinary. On the battlefields of the Civil War, in securing American participation in the International Red Cross, in promoting peacetime disaster relief, and in fighting for women's rights, Clara Barton made an unparalleled contribution to American social progress. Yet the true measure of her life must be made from this perspective: she dared to offend a society whose acceptance she treasured, and she put all of her energy into patching up the lives of those around her when her own was rent and frayed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812212730
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1988
Series:
Studies in Health, Illness, and Caregiving
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
476
Sales rank:
412,979
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Clara Barton, Professional Angel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is on Clara Barton and helps you find out information about her. It will hlep you understand about 'the angel of the battlefield' and how she organized schools and the American Red Cross Association.
RedRagingRhino More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Pryor has created a superlative biography of one of the most fascinating women in the last two hundred years. Most biographies about Barton are sugary sweet and simplistic, creating a cartoon of a very complex woman. Barton was not only a compassionate, intelligent, and committed organizer and nurse, but a flesh and blood woman struggling with inner demons, incredible personal pain, and fiery desire. This is a great read for adults.