The american red cross from clara barton to the new deal tells the story of the charitable organization from its start in 1881 through its humanitarian aid during wars natural disasters and the depression to its relief efforts of the 1930s. Clara barton 1821 1912 founded the american chapter after learning of the red cross in geneva switzerland in 1869 she went to europe and became involved in the work of the international red cross during the franco prussian warshe was determined to bring the organization to america. The american red cross from clara barton to the new deal m arian m oser j ones the american red cross from clara barton to the new deal baltimore johns hopkins university press 2013 xxviii 375 pp illus 3995 rima d apple phd vilas life cycle professor emerita university of wisconsin madison wisconsin 53706. Clarissa harlowe barton known as clara is one of the most honored women in american history barton risked her life to bring supplies and support to soldiers in the field during the civil war she founded the american red cross in 1881 at age 59 and led it for the next 23 years. The title of this book doesnt do justice to its exciting and challenging contents jones recounts the precursors and birth of the american red cross arc its development first under clara bartons leadership during wars floods and droughts and then under the successions of other leaders
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