Clara Barton


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Clarissa Harlowe "Clara" Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912) was a pioneer American teacher, patent clerk, nurse, and humanitarian. At a time when relatively few women worked outside the home, Barton built a career helping others. One of her greatest accomplishments was founding the American Red Cross. This organization helps victims of war and disasters. more »

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  • ''Economy, prudence, and a simple life are the sure masters of need, and will often accomplish that which, their opposites, with a fortune at hand, will fail to do.''
    Clara Barton (1821-1912), U.S. Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross. As quoted in Angel of the Battlefield, ch. 19, by Ishbel Ross (1...
  • ''... the door that nobody else will go in at, seems always to swing open widely for me.''
    Clara Barton (1821-1912), U.S. Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross. As quoted in Angel of the Battlefield, ch. 14, by Ishbel Ross (1...
  • ''... it has always proved that the grandeur of a nation was shown by the respect paid to woman.''
    Clara Barton (1821-1912), U.S. nurse; founder of the American Red Cross. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 2, by Ida Husted Harper (...
  • ''[On being told that "every woman should stand with bared head before Susan B. Anthony":] Yes, and every man as well.''
    Clara Barton (1821-1912), U.S. nurse; founder of the American Red Cross. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 6, by Ida Husted Harper (...
  • ''... the surest test of discipline is its absence.''
    Clara Barton (1821-1912), U.S. nurse; founder of the American Red Cross. The Story of My Childhood (1907). Recalling her early days as a New Jerse...
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The Women Who Went to the Fields

The women who went to the field, you say,
The women who went to the field; and pray
What did they go for? Just to be in the way!-
They'd not know the difference betwixt work and play,
What did they know about war anyway?
What could they do? of what use could they be?
They would scream at the sight of a gun, don't you see?
Just fancy them round where the bugle notes play,
And the long roll is bidding us on to the fray.
Imagine their skirts 'mong artillery wheels,
And watch for their flutter as they flee 'cross the fields
When the charge is rammed home and the ...

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