American Red Cross Research Paper

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History of the American Red Cross

Jane Delano, a former Red Cross nurse, once said “I would rather live on a crust and serve the Red Cross than do anything else in the world.”(Bulman 32). The American Red Cross has had a huge impact on the United States. Whether helping soldiers in combat or supporting a community that suffered from a natural disaster, the Red Cross is there to aid individuals, families, communities and military personnel in one way or another. Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, is responsible for the administration and service that the American Red Cross provides, not only in the United States but also in other countries.
The founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton, started her volunteer work
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This group broke up in 1871, due to Congress not ratifying the Geneva Convention. This convention was established as an international treaty that enabled International Humanitarian Laws. Instead of the countries having to deal with tough situations on their own, the Geneva Convention laws enabled assistance from countries all over the world to help in times of distress. Growth of the American Red Cross took about ten years. The first step of growth was the American Branch of the Red Cross. This established branch led to the signing of the Geneva Convention by President Chester A. Arthur. (World Book Enc. 187) In 1905, Congress granted the association as a new charter and created the basic organization of the American Red Cross that is known today. World War I had the greatest influence on people to become involved with this association. This war encouraged people to volunteer in any way they could. Many middle class women with free time volunteered as nurses which then started the trend of nursing for the American Red Cross. (Jones 92). Volunteering showed America’s willingness to help others in any…show more content…
This association provides the United States and foreign countries with assistance in any time of trouble. These troublesome times may include wars, disease epidemics, and natural disasters. The American Red Cross also aided many people, communities, and cities with its establishments it founded. Without the help of the American Red Cross, people would see the United States of America without the willingness and compassion it has for others. Flora Edwards stated, “In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”
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