Broom brigade

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The Broom Brigade. (1883)

A Broom brigade was a type of military-style women's drill team that marched with brooms instead of rifles. Drilling was a popular form of exercise at the time, when participation in sports was largely restricted to men. They were popular in America during the late 19th century. They were mentioned in Mark Twain's book "Life on the Mississippi".[1]


Current usage[edit]

Currently, the term refers to citizens who volunteer to clean up their neighborhoods.[9]

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  1. ^ Hale, Whitney (August 31, 2012). "Sesquicentennial Series: The Charge of the Broom Brigade". UKNOW. LEXINGTON, Ky. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Mid-Michigan History: St. Louis Ladies Broom Brigade". Morning Sun. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  3. ^ A. M. Shuey (composer); Minn (composer) (1882). "Russian Broom Brigade Triumphal March. In the Palace Ballroom Car Over the River Bank Route of the Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway". JScholarship. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Hamilton Broom Brigade". Butler County Historical Society. Rootsweb. 2000. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  5. ^ Brady, Tim (September–October 2004). "The Broom Brigade". University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  6. ^ Allen, Craig (2005). "Broom Brigade of Union, 1889". Oregon Historical Society. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  7. ^ Bennett, H. H. "Kilbourn Broom Brigade on the Alexander Mitchell". Wisconsin Historical Society.
  8. ^ Breckenridge Broom Brigade
  9. ^ "Britain vows to restore order to quell riots". CBC. Aug 9, 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2013. A 'broom brigade' gathers Tuesday at the site of rioting in Clapham to volunteer in cleanup efforts. (photo caption)

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