Why Did African-American Women Join the
Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1880-1900?


      The Woman's Christian Temperance Union was one of the first national women's reform organizations that welcomed the reform efforts of middle-class African-American women. This project explores the achievements of African-American women through the Union's Colored Department between 1880 and 1900 and the tensions that emerged in an era which saw declining opportunities for interracial work.


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