Clara Barton's Contribution To The Red Cross

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Clarissa Harlow Barton was born on December 25, 1821 in North Oxford, Massachusetts. Clara was born to Stephen and Sarah Barton. She was the fifth and youngest child. Her older sisters were both teachers. One of her sisters, Dolly, died when Clara was young because she had a nervous breakdown. Back in those days, people did not understand mental illnesses. Her brothers taught her math and encouraged her love for nature. She lived on a farm and learned how to do chores to be useful. At three years old, she went to school and excelled in literature.
Her brother, David, experienced an injury when he fell off a roof. At age 10, she helped David regain his health even after all the doctors gave up on him. With Clara’s help, David made a full recovery. This was one of the first times, Clara felt needed.
To overcome her shyness, her parents sent her to a boarding school. Her teacher thought she was very smart, but due to her shyness her
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The American Red Cross groups were split into supporters and critics. Due to all the criticism, Barton resigned from the American Red Cross on May 14, 1904. Mabel Boardman took over the American Red Cross since she was as dedicated to the Red Cross as Clara Barton. A Story of the Red Cross was published in 1904. After she retired, she lectured about what she learned in her life. She lived in Glen Echo, Maryland after her retirement. In 1905, she established the National First Aid Association. The NFAA helped individual families who needed help because of personal disaster. In 1907, she published The Story of My Childhood. The reason, she wrote a book about her childhood was because many children sent her letters asking about her life. On April 12, 1912, Clara passes away because of tuberculosis. Her last words were “Let me go, let me go.” Her casket traveled from Glen Echo to Maryland to Oxford to