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After the founding of the Sons of the American Revolution, the female counterpart of this hereditary society was established. The DAR or Daughters of the American Revolution women were descendants of Patriots who actively participated in the Revolutionary War.
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Key Facts & Information
- In order to honor those who fought and supported the American Revolution, historical preservation societies were founded. The Sons of the American Revolution was first founded on July 13, 1890. The society founded by William McDowell was a closed organization for men who were descendants of Patriots.
- On October 11, 1890, Mary Smith Lockwood, Eugenia Washington, Ellen Hardin Walworth, and Mary Desha founded the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Strathmore Arms.
- DAR’s first President General was the wife of President Benjamin Harrison, First Lady Caroline Scott Harrison.
- Like the SAR, the DAR is open to all women who are descendants of people who actively supported the American Revolutionary War.
- Qualified descendants must prove relations to the following:
- Those who signed the Declaration of Independence.
- Military veterans including the army, navy, local militias, and privateers.
- Civil servants of state governments, Continental Congress, and State assemblies.
- Those who signed the Oath of Allegiance or Oath of Fidelity and Support.
- Those who participated in the Boston Tea Party.
- Doctors and nurses who aided Revolutionary casualties.
- Those who gave material and patriotic support to the Revolutionary cause.
- During the era of segregation, the DAR adopted a rule which excluded African-American musicians from performing at the DAR Constitution Hall. This action was prompted by the complaints of some members against mixed seating of both blacks and whites.
- African-American jazz singer Hazel Scott was not allowed to perform at Constitution Hall. Scott was the wife of New York Democratic Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
- In October of the same year, First Lady Bess Truman (wife of President Harry S. Truman) publicly opposed discrimination in the DAR.
- The same discrimination was applied to singer Marian Anderson when the DAR disallowed her to perform in mixed audiences. In response, on April 9, 1939, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (wife of President Franklin Roosevelt) resigned her membership in the DAR. The First Lady then invited Anderson to the White House. The NAACP urged Anderson to refuse to perform. Ultimately Roosevelt and Anderson organized a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
- It was only in 1952 that the “white performers only” rule was officially reversed by the DAR.
- Upon the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Anderson performed her farewell American tour at the DAR Constitution Hall. By 1992, she received the Centennial Medallion from the DAR.
- In 1977, Karen Batchelor from Michigan became the first African-American member of the DAR.
- The DAR finally expanded its recognition of Patriots to include African-Americans, Native Americans, and mixed race Americans in the mid-1980’s.
- Today, there are about 180,000 members of the DAR in nearly 3,000 chapters throughout the United States and other countries.
- Since its founding 125 years ago, about 940,000 women have been members of the society making it one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the United States.
- Today the DAR supports schools and scholarships for American Indian youth.
- Moreover, DAR members are active as volunteers in numerous citizenship-oriented projects.
- The society hosts an annual American history essay writing contest among students in grades 5 through 8.
- Among its famous members (deceased) include Jane Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Carrie Davis, Inez Haring, and Alice Paul.
- Living members include Laura Bush (former First Lady), Rosalynn Carter (former First Lady), Elizabeth Dole (former US Senator), and Margaret Rhea Seddon (NASA astronaut).
Daughters of the American Revolution Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Daughters of the American Revolution across 21 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Daughters of the American Revolution worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the DAR or Daughters of the American Revolution women which were descendants of Patriots who actively participated in the Revolutionary War. After the founding of the Sons of the American Revolution, the female counterpart of this hereditary society was established.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Daughters of the American Revolution
- Famous DAR Members
- Women in the American Revolution
- First Lady Daughters
- Founding Daughters
- Issue of Segregation
- Eleanor and the DAR I
- Eleanor and the DAR II
- DAR Criteria
- Celebrate with the DAR
- DAR Today
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