Temperance Movement

By Sophie Dylan and Nina

Women Christian temperance union, prohibition of alcohol.

From earliest settlement, consumption of alcohol was widely accepted in America, and while drunkenness was frowned upon, both distilled and fermented beverages were considered nourishing stimulants. Alcohol was not prohibited but rather regulated through licensing.The temperance movement initially began as an effort to encourage people to reduce or refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages, but over time, its emphasis expanded from discouraging the consumption of alcohol to advocating the prohibition of the sale, consumption, and production of alcohol through legislation. By the mid-1800s, a handful of states passed prohibition laws; although all of these states repealed those laws by the late 1860s.  All political parties supported the prohibition of alcohol, therefore it wasn't a bias movement.

"Gentlemen, I refuse to sign any pledge. I have never been drunk, and, by the blessing of God, I never will get drunk, but I have a constitutional privilege to get drunk, and that privilege I will not sign away." Chancellor Kent

Responding to a request to sign a pledge not to use intoxicating beverages.

Pouring alcohol into the drain!

-Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an outspoken activist in the Temperance movement

- Although not as relevant today, The Temperance movement still exists today.

-The American Temperance society was formed in 1826

-In 12 years of it being created, it had 8,000 groups and 1.5 million members

-In the late 1800s, the movement regained prominence as groups such as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and the Anti-Saloon League brought increased national attention to the issue of alcohol prohibition. These organizations had a great amount of social and political influence.

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