Temperance Movements

The temperance movement was an attempt to regulate or ban the consumption and sale of alcohol.  The temperance movement began during the American Revolution in the north but didn't gain momentum until the American Temperance Society was formed in 1826.  It introduced the American people to more progressive ideas and increased activism which eventually led to the Prohibition in 1920; a much broader temperance movement. The temperance movement was also closely tied with the Enlightenment as consumption of alcohol was deemed sinful.

1) This picture encourages families to embrace temperance and abstain from drinking alcohol.

2) This picture shows the belief that alcohol is dangerous and leads to social rejection and poisoning to the body and mind.

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" In folly, it causes his to resemble a calf,-- in stupidity, an ass,-- in roaring, a mad bull,-- in quarrelling and fighting, a dog,-- in cruelty, a tyger,-- in fetor, a skunk,-- in filthiness, a hog,-- and in obscenity, a he-goat."

The author of the book this expert came from slanders people that drink and pushes the temperance movement onto the readers, condemning those who will not follow its path.

Temperance Information

- Causes were family members dying from to much drink and general it hurt the population so people decided to stand against it

- One of the effects of the temperance movement was the very large prohibition movement that upset the nation of America

- The long-range significance is that it encouraged women sufferance and it  led to more progressive ideas.

- Two important people are Lyman Beecher and Dr. Justin Edwards which are the founders of tha American Temperance Society, one of the main temperance societies claiming over 1,500,000 people.

- The temperance movement is similar to the earlier Great Reformation in Europe, where the progressive ideals of Protestantism were supported by the common people through activism and writing.

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