Clara Barton (1821-1912)

Inspiration for Activism!

  • Became a teacher at age 15 and later opened a free public school in New Jersey
  • During Civil War,  risked her life to deliver supplies to soldiers, saw combat, and served as independent nurse; known as Angel of the Battlefield
  • While visiting Europe worked with International Red Cross
  • On arrival home, founded in 1881 at age 60, and served as the first President of the American Red Cross for next 23 years

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