Doctors had come to help, but he did not get any better. Eleven year-old Clara became David's nurse, administering his medicine and even applying and removing leeches when the doctors suggested it might help. Clara stayed home from school for two years to take care of her brothe... ... middle of paper ... ...med after her include: schools, streets, community centers, associations and even homeless shelters. At age ninety, she contracted an airborne disease called tuberculosis. She was bedridden for a month until she died on April 12, 1912, at her home in Glen Echo, Maryland, and was buried in the Barton family cemetery plot in Oxford, Massachusetts.
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.
Clara Barton was born on Christmas day, 1821 in Oxford Massachusetts. She was the youngest of her 4 siblings by at the least 10 years of age. Growing up in a middle class family, Clara was home schooled until the age of 15, then she became the teacher. As a child, in her spare time Clara enjoyed treating sick and injured pets and neighborhood animals. When she was 11 her brother David got really sick.
Clara Barton and the Red Cross Clarissa Harlowe Barton was born on December 25, 1821 in North Oxford, Massachusetts to Stephen and Sarah (Stone) Barton. She was the youngest of five children. Her father, Stephen was a farmer, horse breeder and politician. Clara got her passion for nursing at the age of 11 when she nursed her brother David back to health from an illness. Clara became a teacher at the age of 17.
In 1864 Clara Barton began to lobby for an American Branch of the Red Cross. Clara was known as a natural leader and a hero. After she found out the army had no supplies she would start to cut up sheets to make towels. She began working in forts and hospitals to help the wounded. She would travel around to nurse wounded soldiers that were hurt in the wars.
It was here in Washington, D.C. during the American Revolution where Clara got word of The Baltimore Riot and made the decision to leave the Patent Office in order to help tend to the wounded soldiers. But it wasn’t until after going back to North Oxford to help care for her dying father in 1861, did she fully commit to nursing in order to help her country win the war. In 1862, she returned to Washington and began her campaign to travel to the field hospitals, which was a only allowed by... ... middle of paper ... ... battle. Oates (1994) states, “What was more, the war had given Clara and her entire generation of women a new sense of worth.” (p. 377) Oates goes on to quote Clara “that she had character, and firmness of purpose-that she was good for something in an emergency.” (p. 377) Clara went against the odds and fought for her calling as a nurse during a time where most women wouldn’t even think of doing that. By doing so, she became a role model for women of her era and nurses of the future.
Her efforts affected the building of 32 institutions in the United States. In 1861, when the Civil War broke out she provided her services and eventually was named superintendent of United States Army Nurses. She was accountable for setting up field hospitals, first-aid stations, drafting nurses, managing supplies, and managing training programs. Although she was very effective and concentrated, many people thought she didn't have the social skills necessary to navigate the militaries bureaucracy. Yet she stayed after the war, helping to track missing soldiers, write letters to families, and help soldiers secure their pensions.
It was in Washington that she first encountered the soldiers of the civil war. Clara jumped at the chance to help her country when the war started. At first both the Union and Confederacy discouraged women from nursing at army hospitals, claiming it was too gruesome for delicate women to see. Clara started out by organizing donations to help supply the army, but when she was offered the chance she volunteered as a nurse for the Union and began working at the Washington Infirmary (Civil War Trust). It was at the Washington Infirmary where she first got she idea of going directly to the battlefield to nurse.
“The Red Cross is there when your soldier needs you, when he’s wounded and even when he’s is a prisoner of war!” said, Captain Gable. The Red Cross was started in 1881 by Clara Barton after the Civil War. The war stared in 1861. Clarissa Harlowe Barton, but everyone call her Clara, was born December 25, 1821 in Massachusetts, she was the youngest of six kids to Stephen Barton and Sarah Barton. Clara Barton was a school teacher, when there was only male teacher, she was a school teacher for seven year.
Before nurses came around family members took care of one another. People was also known as a “wet nurse” was hired to breastfeed babies. In Europe when people had the plague and other deadly diseases, Nuns risked their life to take care of them. Woman from the upper-class made nursing a paid profession, they are called Florence nightingale. During the time of the Civil War nurses was needed for the injured soldiers.