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Famous Speech Friday: Clara Barton's Andersonville testimony

The Eloquent Woman

But the war brought something out in her--something that led her to a speaking role unlike that of most women of her day. The American Red Cross biography of its founder takes her speaking as a matter of course: Barton had a talent for words. She was also a highly skilled speaker. Shy or skilled as a speaker, Barton's speaking career took off after the war ended. Her testimony described how freed blacks were treated there.