May 14, 2018
One of the most well-known and beloved humanitarian organizations began on May 21, 1881, as 59-year-old Clara met with the new members in her apartment. Yet, while Clara Barton made her mark in history with the American Red Cross’s foundation, it is her numerous accomplishments throughout her life that make her a truly priceless individual.
Born on Christmas Day 1821, in North Oxford, Massachusetts, Clarissa Harlowe Barton grew up in the time when the new country was changing from Divine Providence to Manifest Destiny, leading to Democrat President Andrew Jackson’s Trail of Tears. The daughter of Captain Stephen Barton, patriotism and freedom were in Clara’s blood. So, when the Republican Party formed in 1854 to fight slavery, Clara was completely on board.
As a child, Clara was shy and timid. However, she found great joy in playing with her brothers and male cousins as they ran through fields, climbed trees, and waded creeks. While her mother made efforts to refine her in lady-like behaviors, the toughness Clara obtained with the boys proved to be a vital trait for the rest of her life. READ MORE...
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