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Salem in the War Between the States


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Salem was founded by the Moravians, an austere religious organization, who believed in peace rather than bearing arms. Prior to the American Civil War, the town and its community made some exceptions to its rules, and a militia was formed and sent into battle. The church also lost influence over the town as more non-Moravians were permitted to settle in Salem, changing community dynamics. The author looks at how the excesses of antebellum Salem and hardships of war changed the once rigidly religious community during the mid-19th century.
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20121
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