1.03 Citizens in Action

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Dear Mr. President,
In today’s society civic and political participation is so important. To keep our government functioning as a thing of the people, the people must participate in it. The more people that participate, the greater insurance of freedom there is. If people ignore their civic responsibilities and don’t help make important decisions, then only a few people are deciding on who deserves government positions. It’s our duty as citizens to protect our rights and participate politically.

Now, I’m sure you are already aware of all of this and you’re wondering why I’m writing to you. Well I write you to tell you that I strongly believe we need a new national holiday for Clara Barton. Many people know that Clara founded the American Red Cross, but she also did so much than that. Clara began teaching at 15 years old, and at a time when the majority of teachers were men, and later moved on to open a free public school in New Jersey. She was one of the first women to be employed in the federal government, working as a recording clerk in the U.S Patent Office in Washington D.C. During the Civil War, Clara sought to help soldiers in any way she could, she distributed supplies for the Union Army, and then served as an independent nurse. She was named “The angel of the battlefield” for her work helping the soldiers. She then went to Europe and after volunteering in the Franco-Prussian War with the International Red Cross, she founded the American Red Cross Society in 1881.
Clara Barton was motivated by the struggles of people around her. She set out to make a difference in the world by helping others. Her biggest motivation was her trip to Europe working with the International Red Cross. Clara Barton motivated those around her with her dedication and willpower, she was also a skilled speaker and convinced those around her easily. When people were around Clara…...

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