Clara Barton A Hero

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How many of you have family that has worked in the armed forces? Or how many people have friends that live in third world or poor countries? On December 25, 1821, a tiny Christmas baby, who would become one of the greatest civil war heroines ever, was born into a loving middle class family. Clara Barton had four older siblings that adored her and taught her many life skills that would be crucial for her later career. School was very boring to her because she liked to care for others rather than learn about the world. Clara Barton was a hero due to her bravery while nursing on the battlefield. Even though she never married or had children, she was very motherly and loved everyone like a mother would love her children. She founded the American …show more content…

According to the National Park Service’s article, “Clara Barton at Antietam,” she offered to teach for free when she noticed that a lot of kids could not afford tuition. I think this proves how generous she was and her true motivations. After resigning from her post as principal because the school was “to big for a woman to run,” Clara Barton went to work at the U.S. Patent office as a clerk, which was extraordinary considering the fact that she was a woman. She absolutely refused to take a lower salary than men, stating: “I may sometimes be willing to teach for nothing, but if paid at all, I shall never do a man’s work for less than a man’s pay.” This steadfast attitude got her just that: equal pay. She proved to everyone that women could be just as smart, strong, and brave as men could …show more content…

Clara Barton made it possible to continue her mission even after her death by founding the American Red Cross. Her organization still helps people around the world, specializing in disaster relief, blood donations, and supporting military families. It is based entirely on volunteers, just as Clara Barton started. The Red Cross’ funds are completely on gratuity and as reported by the Red Cross’ Website, “90 cents of every dollar” is used to benefit society. The “Good Samaritans” help teach classes like CPR, babysitting, lifeguard training, nursing, etcetera. The stories told by the volunteers that work there are so inspirational and wonderful. The Red Cross is a life-saver, literally, for

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