In dark skirts and bloodied boots clara barton fearlessly ventured on to civil war battlefields to tend to wounded soldiers she later worked with civilians in europe during the franco prussian war lobbied legislators to ratify the geneva conventions and founded and ran the american red cross. Marian moser jones provides a cogent review of the complicated evolution of the american red cross arc which grew from a civil war relief effort inspired by european volunteer associations into a quasi governmental agency. The american red cross from clara barton to the new deal jones marian moser published by johns hopkins university press jones moser the american red cross from clara barton to the new deal. Stanford libraries official online search tool for books media journals databases government documents and more. Upon her return home barton was determined that the united states should participate in the global red cross network working with influential friends and contacts such as frederick douglass she founded the american red cross in 1881
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