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DAR - Daughters of the American Revolution

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The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is an organization whose membership is limited to women who "can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence." Goals of the DAR are patriotism, education and historic preservation. The DAR was founded in 1890, when four women were turned down for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution.

In 1926, the DAR opposed efforts towards disarmament of Jane Addams, Hull-House founder and Nobel Peace Prize winner, criticizing her publicly and then revoking her membership.

In 1939, when the Daughters of the American Revolution prevented Marian Anderson, an African American singer, from using Constitution Hall for a performance, Eleanor Roosevelt publicly resigned from the DAR and arranged for the federal government to sponsor a free concert by Anderson on the Lincoln Mall,  where 75,000 people saw her sing and millions more heard her on radio.

Anderson accepted the DAR's invitation, four years later, to sing at Constitution Hall as part in a concert for China Relief.

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