Published Clara Barton Letter on the Johnstown Flood, 1889

Title

Published Clara Barton Letter on the Johnstown Flood, 1889

Description

Newspaper article containing the reprint of a letter written by Clara Barton, President of the American Red Cross, after the Johnstown Flood, which occurred on 31 May 1889 as a result of the failure of the South Fork Dam on the Little Conemaugh River. The flood claimed the lives of over 2,000 people and swept away entire houses leaving many homeless.

Given the severity of the damage and loss of life, donations poured in from the U.S. and abroad to help the survivors and rebuild the town. By late June reports had spread that “further aid is no longer necessary for the Johnstown sufferers” but this letter published in the paper, written by Clara Barton, refutes these claims. Barton reported that the people of Johnstown would continue to need more donations to include: “clothing, food, household furnishings-nay houses themselves”.


Barton's letter was appeared at the end of a larger article titled: “Through a Woman’s Eyes”. The framing of the subject in this way perhaps signaled the growing acceptance of female involvement in disaster relief, or at least the prominence of Barton specifically as a pioneering figure in this relatively new field.

Creator

The Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL)

Source

The Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL)

Date

25 June 1889

Contributor

Christine Heacock

Format

Newspaper

Type

Text

Coverage

1800-1899

Files

Clara Barton, More Help Needed.jpg

Citation

The Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL), “Published Clara Barton Letter on the Johnstown Flood, 1889,” Disaster History Archive, accessed October 23, 2021, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/20.

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