Profiles the life and accomplishments of Clara Barton, a teacher who organized efforts to bring nursing care to wounded soldiers during the Civil War and who went on to become the founder of the American Red Cross.
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. She went on to found the American Red Cross, one of her greatest accomplishments, and one of the most recognized organizations in the world.
Stephanie Spinner is the author of "Aliens for Breakfast" (winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award) and "Aliens for Lunch, " both with Jonathan Etra, "Aliens for Dinner, " and, most recently, "Quiver, " a novel for young adults. After a long career in children's book publishing, Ms. Spinner now writes, tends her garden, and reads with gusto. She lives in Manhattan and Pawling, New York.