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Pacifism vs. Patriotism in Women's Organizations of the 1920s

Document 2

The following document appeared in a column in the DAR Magazine dedicated to educating members on all facets of national defense.

      The Daughters of the American Revolution are militant without being militaristic. They also are in the habit of expending money for tablets to perpetuate the memory of this battle or that battle or of some patriot who was not ashamed to bear arms in behalf of his country. They do not think that George Washington ought to be damned by the present generation because he carried a sword and was followed by men who carried muskets and who knew how to use them.

      The woman delegates to certain other conventions which come to Washington do not like the Daughters of the American Revolution. They do not like them because the Daughters think the United States and its ways of doing things are preferable to Russia and its way of doing things. The gift to Washington of such a convention [Washington Armament Limitation Conference] as that which is just closed is a godsend.

      The Daughters of the American Revolution proved conclusively during the sessions of their convention that they believe in a defense army and navy for America and for that kind of preparedness which in need's hour will be adequate for the protection of Uncle Sam's domain. They were unafraid to ask apostles of preparedness to speak to them, and they were not timid to extend invitations to be present and to speak to men who in the past and present are willing to bear arms for the land which is theirs.

-- Mrs. William Sherman Walker, "Editorial Comment on D.A.R.," DAR Magazine (July 1927)


3. Identify a statement from the document that describes the patriotism of the DAR.

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4. What does "preparedness" mean in the above document?

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