Grace Saigh September 12, 2017 Social Studies Clara Barton When you think of the Civil War, who do you think of? Old Honest Abe! There are so many other important historical figure who were an important part to the Civil War. One of them is the pioneering nurse, Clara Barton.
Clara Barton was a shy young girl who grew up to become one of the most respected women in American history. She spent much of her life caring for and inspiring people. Throughout her life she was a teacher, a nurse, and a great organizer. When she taught she helped and inspired the kids to do better. When she nursed people she comforted and cared for them. By founding the American Red Cross she took care of people during disasters and inspired people to help each other. Clara Barton helped many people by teaching them, nursing soldiers and others, and by founding the American Red Cross.
Clara Barton Throughout the course of human history, nothing we do has ever had as rapid and drastic an effect on history as war. Disasters would be near second place, and coincidentally Clara Barton affected both. Out of a multitude of achievements things, she was a nurse during the Civil War, did many things women of her day could not, and started the American Red Cross. Clara Barton was revolutionary for her influence on society and medicine in American history.
The introduction Clara Barton is one of the nursing leaders that shaped history (Kerfoot 1998). Clara Barton will be the main focus of this assignment as she was a remarkable woman who started off as an educator and then a clerk and then a nurse and then one of the founders of Red Cross in America. In a time when women were not educated and were not even offered jobs she worked side by side with men. She was from the Not for Profit Sector. Her field was Nursing and she tackled with providing healthcare to those in natural disasters or war.
Due to Alzheimer’s investigations about Alzheimer disease, people can now go to the hospital with symptoms and with brain scans being down and Alzheimer disease can be diagnosed and treated to the best of the doctor ability. Even though there is no cure doctors can slow down the process of the disease. On the other hand Clara Barton has also made a huge impact on the medical field and society. Barton made an impact on the medical field by jumping in and treating the wounded in war and also by creating the organization called the American Red Cross. This organization has had and still has an impact on society because they help people who have suffered from disasters such as house fires or a flood.
In the late 19th century, there were many influential women including Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many others that were busy making their impact on society. This was the crucial time period for the reform and improvement of women’s rights. Along with this, it was also the time that Clara Barton pushed for the creation of the American Red Cross. Barton was one of the most influential, but often overlooked, woman of her time period because she pushed for the creation of one of the most relied on associations throughout the world.
When Henry decided to join Revolutionary forces she rode next to him, with a sword in her cape. She fed soldiers and gave them water. She had twelve children and nine of them died before adulthood, that didn’t stop her either. She still tried to help. One major issue she had before becoming famous was her family disowned her.
This could not only be risky, but could also get her killed if they found out that she was a spy. Few people were up for the job and this information may not have been presented to the Union if she hadn’t existed. Without her, the war may have taken longer, or not ended up favorably. She chose to ignore any doubts and push forward. She knew the potential price she may have to pay; she knew the cost, the risk, the danger.
Florence used the money to start the Nightingale Training School for nurses in London. The trained nurses were sent to hospitals all over Britain. They introduced her ideas and trained other under trained nurses. Florence Nightingale never really recovered from the physical strain of the Crimean War. She almost never left home, and she stayed in bed much of the time, but she continued to fight for reform of military hospitals and medical care.
She started helping around the house, but when she figured out that it wasn’t much, she got a job at the fields and even though she had no experience in it she still went ahead and did it. “Mama had been strong for her. Now it was her turn to be strong for Mama. She must show her that she didn’t need to worry anymore.”(p163) Based on this quote, I can tell that she knew she had to be strong and her Mom’s sickness didn’t make her more sad than she already was, it motivated her to be strong for her mom and whatever was coming up.
With the Civil War starting in 1861, Dix became the superintendent of the nurses. She was named the superintendent because of her hardwork and dedication to her people. With her position she was responsible for building first-aid stations, field hospitals, managing supplies, recruiting nurses, and training the new nurses. After the war her main focus was still the mentally ill and she was still traveling around the country helping to renovate and make the hospitals more efficient. Dix was diagnosed with malaria in 1870, she continued to write but eventually was put into the Trenton hospital, a hospital she founded forty years earlier.
She watched her mother die slowly and she watched her dad struggle to take care of her. As a young kid or even as an adult watching the person who is supposed to raise you and teach about love, and everything you need to know in life will greatly affect what type of person you turn into. One of the most heartbreaking things you can go through as a child is watching your mother slowly die and then watching your father struggle to take care of her and provide for the family. Ida went through a lot, her mom was sick and then her mom’s sister Clara came to help out and caused a lot of drama in the family. All the fighting put a lot of stress on young Ida, “Mama charged Clara with sneaking into the house like an enemy, charger that she had always covered papa, berated her for taking advantage of illness to have her way” (283).
The story states, “She had big breasts, slim legs, and blue eyes” (Bolaño 1). This relates to today’s misconception of women because when a guy first meets a girl the first thing he does is analyze her appearance and when he sees her again she has gained weight and her face seemed worn this made the narrator view her different He wanted to old Clara back. This relates to to today's misconception because he didnt try and get to know the new Clara and her personality. He was body shaming her.