Above all, Barton was a humanitarian. In all her roles she sought to improve the condition of those who were suffering and, thereby, improve the condition of the world itself. She promoted cooperation among individuals, agencies, and even countries as a way to better serve the greater good.
"The Red Cross means, not national aid for the needs of the people, but the people's aid for the needs of the Nation."
-- Clara Barton, from 1895 address "What is the Significance of the Red Cross?"