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FOR THE GAZETTE AND MERCURY.
TEMPERANCE IN SCHOOLS.
Two or three years since, I suggested through the medium of your paper the
importance of this subject, with the remark that a recent proposal for such
an association in my own school had met with unexpected success. Experience
has since proved the feasibility and utility of the measure. Our numbers have
gradually increased until last term, when every member of the school
was found enrolled on the Temperance list. We have just organized for the present
term and have 45 signatures, about 9-10ths of our members. This measure has
apparently prepared the way for another, in my view, still more important, embraced
in the following resolution unanimously passed, a few evenings since, after
a discussion of the subject, at a meeting of the town Temperance Society. "Resolved
that it is expedient to form Juvenile Temperance Societies, as far as practicable,
in all our District Schools." The general school Committee were instructed
to prepare a constitution for such organizations, with the design of presenting
it to Teachers at their examinations for the winter schools, that the object
may be carried into immediate operation.
Would it not be well in these times of Temperance declension for the numerous
Academies, and Select schools in our County to make a strenuous, and simultaneous
effort in this noble cause, and thus diffuse an influence throughout the medium
of Teachers who issue from these institutions upon our whole juvenile population,
until we can furnish to the world, the interesting spectacle of a whole community
of children effectually shielded against the pestiferous influence
of strong drink.
Conway, Nov. 13, 1837.
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The Temperance Movement began in the early 1800s and by 1833 there were 6,000 local societies in the United States. Women and children were a driving force in the movements to prohibit the consumption of strong drink, slavery and to promote women's suffrage. This article reports on a temperance society at the school in Conway, Massachusetts. The town Temperance Society passed a resolution to instruct the school committee to write a constitution for school societies which would then be given to the teachers. The teachers would then form Juvenile Temperance Societies in their district. The Gazette & Mercury was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from June 27, 1837 to July 13, 1841, when it changed its name to the Gazette & Courier.
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"Temperance in Schools" article from Gazette and Mercury newspaper
| publisher Greenfield Gazette and Mercury
| date Nov 21, 1837
| location Greenfield, Massachusetts
| width 3.75"
| height 5.25"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| item type Periodicals/Newspaper
| accession # #L05.029
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