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Critique of Clara Bartons Finest Hour By Stephen B Oates Clara Barton is best known for establishing the American Red Cross However as Stephen Oates points out her greatest achievement came during the Civil War as an independent wartime nurse He tells of her struggle to be accepted in a field that was exclusively male He describes her as having emotional problems that derived from low self-esteem He tells how the Civil War turned that struggle into a self-awareness which gave her confidence that lasted throughout her life He tells how such an unconventional lady turned into the angel of the battlefield Oates called her the forgotten hero of the Civil War Clara was the youngest of five children Oates states she was raised largely by her warrior father She could ride a horse and shoot a pistol as well as any man Oates informs the readers that she thought of marriage as murder He states that she suffered from low self-esteem which was caused from neglect by her mother and older siblings However he also states that she had an implacable will and a strong physical constitution I have a hard time believing that Clara had self-esteem problems Oates neglects to mention that her parents were very liberal and unconventional Claras mother was very outspoken on womens rights Her parents encouraged her educational pursuits This was a time when girls were discouraged against academic achievements I believe she may have suffered from shyness instead I definitely do not believe Clara was neglected by anyone At the age of forty she dedicated her life to voluntary service She began by advertising for supplies for wounded soldiers and later was granted permission to deliver those supplies to the front lines She had many obstacles to overcome Women were not allowed on the battlefield It was only because of a shortage of male nurses that women were considered to nurse Oates states that
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