Thursday, April 12, 2012

On April 12

On this day in ...
... 1912 (100 years ago today), Clara Barton died in Glen Echo, Maryland. Born 90 years earlier in Massachusetts, she led a rich and varied life as a teacher, patent clerk, an advocate of rights for women and African-Americans, and a Civil War nurse. After that war, in 1881, she founded the American Red Cross, and led the organization for the next 2 decades. (image credit) IntLawGrrl Molly Land honored Barton as a transnational foremother, and at the recent annual meeting of the American Society of International Law, IntLawGrrl Leila Nadya Sadat gave a moving account of Barton's efforts to secure U.S. ratification of the 1864 Geneva Convention on the laws of war. Video of Leila's talk, delivered as discussant for the Grotius Lecture, is available here.

(Prior April 12 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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