Book Report on Clara Barton Essay

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Book Report on Clara Barton




Clara Barton attacked many social problems of the 1800s. From creating a free school, to
being on the front lines helping soldiers in the Civil War, to creating the American Red
Cross, Clara Barton was a humanitarian. She fought for what she believed in and because
of her never-ending fight for people, the world is a different place.

Clara Barton was born during 1821 in Massachusetts. As a young child, Barton learned a
great deal of schooling from her older siblings; she learned a wide variety of different
subjects. She seized every educational opportunity that she was given and she worked hard
to receive a well rounded-education. Clara Barton would later use her education to create
her own school and eventually help start an organization that is still used today. As a
young child, Clara was extremely shy; nevertheless, after many years she was able to
overcome this. Even as a young child Clara thrived helping others. She tended to her
sick brother who was severely injured by a roofing accident on a regular basis. The
skills she learned from helping her brother proved to be used again when she was on the
front-line of the Civil War helping wounded soldiers.

At the age of 18, Miss Barton became a schoolteacher. She taught at numerous different
schools around Massachusetts. Clara noticed in one particular town that many of the
students did not attend school that greatly distressed her. She wanted all children to
have the same educational opportunity that she had when she was growing up. Eventually,
Barton started her own school. It was free. However, she did not stay there for a long
period of time. Clara only taught for a matter of ten years, teaching had exhausted
Barton and she longed for a change in her life. She left the teaching field to move onto
another field. Barton moved to Washington DC and she became a clerk in the US Patent
Office.

When the Civil War broke out, Barton chose to resign from her position in the US Patent
Office. She started working on the battlefield as a volunteer. At first her basic job
was to distribute bandages and war supplies to the wounded soldiers. Barton took her job
to another extreme. Barton was given permission to distribute supplies directly to the
front-line of war after writing countless letters to her contacts asking for their support
in what she wanted to do for her country. She continued her job of volunteering on the
front-line and helping wounded soldiers without fail until the end of the Civil War. She
was known by many, especially soldiers, to be very sympathetic and helpful. Many people
called her the Angel of the Battlefield. She always gave attention to all of the
soldiers and did everything that she could to make their experience more bearable. Not
only did she help bandage up wounded soldiers, but she also looked out for their own
welfare. Barton would be the only nurse riding on a train full of injured soldiers with
her intent to help feed and nurse all of the soldiers while they were on the train. She
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