Who Was Clara Barton?

By Stephanie Spinner
Illustrated by David Groff

Grosset & Dunlap

Clarissa Clara Barton was a shy girl who grew up to become a teacher, nurse, and humanitarian. At a time when few women worked outside the home, she became the first woman to hold a government job, as a patent clerk in Washington, DC. In 1864, she was appointed lady in charge of the hospitals at the front lines of the Union Army, where she became known as the Angel of the Battlefield.

Clara Barton built a career helping others. Perhaps her greatest accomplishment was to found the American Red Cross, one of the most recognized organizations in the world.