Clara Barton was an important and respected part of American history, and here is how she she imprinted herself into our history books. Clarissa "Clara" Harlowe Barton was born on December 25th, 1821 in Massachusetts to a farming family, and was the youngest of five children. Her first experience caring for others when she was 12, when she nursed her invalid brother back to health for two years after he fell off the roof of a family barn. When Barton returned to school, she put as much work into getting an education as she had in taking care of her brother. Clara was homeschooled until she was 15 and when she was 17, was hired as a teacher for small children.
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At only fifteen years old, she began teaching at her own school for small children in Worcester, Massachusetts. She didn’t have much education but she was passionate for teaching so she began reading books from her highly educated grandfather’s library. In 1821 Dix opened a charity school for young ladies at her grandparent’s home in Boston, but she had to give up her school because she began suffering from tuberculosis and she was also taking care of her sick grandmother. Dix vas ordered by her doctor to rest so, she took a trip to England were she stayed in Liverpool for eighteen months. She returned to the United States in January 1841 but still not well enough to teach.
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In 1830, Dorothea’s health was still not fully restored but she traveled to St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands with the Channing family and in 1831 she returned to teaching in Boston. For the next five years she had to follow a very full schedule that now included taking care of her grandmother and in 1836 she collapsed, suffering from frequent pain and hemorrhagin... ... middle of paper ... ...espread movement to reform the treatment of the mentally ill. Old hospitals were redesigned and rededicated to their ideals, and new hospitals were founded in accordance with the principles she espoused. After the war, she briefly returned to her work on behalf of the mentally ill. She contracted malaria in 1870 and was forced to abandon aggressive traveling, although she continued to write, lobbying for her causes. She took up residence at the hospital she had founded 40 years earlier in Trenton, New Jersey, and died there on July 17, 1887. Though dorothea had many admirers over her lifetime, she was briefly engaged to her second cousin, Edward Bangs but she never married.
The oldest daughter, Catherine opened the Hartford Female Seminary in Hartford Connecticut to give young women a more improved education. Isabella, the youngest daughter, found the NWSA (National Woman’s Suffrage Association) along with Susan B. Anthony and Cady Stanton in 1869. All seven brothers, James, Thomas, Henry Ward, Edward, William Henry, Charles, and George grown to all be ministers. Harriet, along with the rest of her family, made an extensive impact on the belief of equality at the time where slavery divided our country. In october 1832, when Stowe was 21 years old, she moved with family to Cincinnati.