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- Clarissa Harlowe Barton was a civil war nurse, educator and humanitarian.
- She was born on December 25, 1821, in Oxford, Massachusetts.
- Her father was a local militia commander and a farm owner. She was the youngest of five children.
- She was an intelligent and sensitive child and excelled in school.
- Clara became a teacher at an early age of 17 and had a 12-year career teaching school children.
- She was able to manage unruly students, mainly boys, and was known as an effective teacher.
- Clara Barton gave up her job as a teacher and decided to pursue a college degree in 1850.
- After graduating in 1851, she opened a free school in Bordentown, New Jersey.
- She was the first woman to enter government service in the United States when she joined the U.S. Patent Office as a patent clerk in 1855.
- She was initially paid a salary equal to men but later her salary and designation were downgraded.
- Because of gender discrimination, her experience as a woman in government was not very good. Clara and other women were dismissed from service.
- She campaigned for Women’s Rights and was supported by Abraham Lincoln.
- When Lincoln became president, Clara rejoined the Patent Office as a copyist.
- When Clara was only ten, her brother David fell from the roof and was severely injured. Doctors had given up on him but Carla nursed him day and night and helped him recover.
- Clara’s father inspired her to help injured soldiers in the war.
- She started collecting supplies, clothing and food for Union soldiers.
- In August 1862, she was allowed to work in field hospitals on the front lines.
- Throughout the war, she remained in close proximity of battle zones and worked to manage cleanliness of hospitals, apply dressings, distribute supplies and serve food to wounded soldiers.
- She was present on the frontline during the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg and Second Bull Run.
- She was nicknamed ‘Angel of the Battlefield’ for her service to the Union soldiers.
- After the Civil War, Clara ran the Office of Missing Soldiers, where she helped find missing and dead Union soldiers.
- The Union army had kept little record of missing soldiers and Clara worked tirelessly to trace down the fates of many men.
- She then went on a visit to Europe and came to know of the Red Cross movement.
- She worked alongside the Red Cross during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, and upon her return to America she decided to convince the U.S. government to establish and American Red Cross.
- In 1881, she succeeded in founding American Red Cross and was elected its first president.
- Under her presidency, Red Cross worked tirelessly during the Spanish-American War and several other calamities and natural disasters.
- After she resigned from Red Cross in 1904, she founded the National First Aid Society.
- She spent her final years in Glen Echo, Maryland.
- She died on April 12, 1912, from tuberculosis.
Clara Barton Worksheets
This bundle includes 11 ready-to-use Clara Barton worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about Clara Barton who is respected over the world for her humanitarian work and services for Women’s Rights. She never married and considered soldiers she served during the Civil War as her family.
This download includes the following worksheets:
- Clara Barton Facts
- Knowing Clara
- Angel of the Battlefield
- Red Cross
- Women’s Rights
- Word Jumble
- Teacher Appreciation
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