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1846, Martha Washington Salem Union No. 6., Daughters of Temperance

Courtesy, Special Collections/University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.

This is a page from the constitution of the Daughters of Temperance of Salem, NJ. The Daughters of Temperance was an early women's organization supporting abstention from the use of alcohol. The women of the Martha Washington Salem Union No. 6 took a pledge not to use, buy, or sell alcoholic beverages. They also pledged to advocate temperance in their community. They governed themselves through regular elections of officers, and they pooled their resources to provide death benefits for their members.


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