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Clara Barton 1821–1912
Started the American Red Cross

Clara Barton was a brave nurse during a war in the United States. She saw that hospitals did not have supplies. Soldiers needed medicine and bandages. Barton wrote letters to newspapers asking people to help. She went to the battlefield many times to give the soldiers what they needed.

After the war, Barton wanted to keep on helping others. She started the American Red Cross. The Red Cross gives people shelter, food, and medical help in an emergency.

Comprehension Check

What did Barton give soldiers during the war?

Critical Thinking

What did Clara Barton do to help people after the war?