Category: History

Women and Temperance: Essential for Establishing Prohibition

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Women and temperance were closely linked. The temperance movement relied heavily on their enthusiastic support. And they were essential to the establishment of National Prohibition (1920-1933). I.  Martha Washingtonians One of the earliest temperance groups was the Martha Washingtonians. Officially, it was the Ladies’ Temperance Benevolent Society. Temperance activists formed it in 1841. Women who …

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Martha Washingtonians: Ladies’ Temperance Benevolent Society

Martha Washingtonians

People tended to call the the Ladies’ Temperance Benevolent Society the Martha Washingtonians. It rolls off the tongue so much easier. Six temperance activists, not all women, formed the Martha Washingtonians in New York City. They did so on May 12, 1841. Although not all of the organizers were women, only women could be members. …

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The Sheppard Bone-Dry Act: DC Prohibition Act

Sheppard Bone-Dry Act

The Sheppard Bone-Dry Act was also called the DC Prohibition Act. Officially, it was this. “An Act to prevent the manufacture and sale of alcoholic liquors in the District of Columbia and for other purposes.” The “for other purposes” refers to exceptions, penalties, and other matters. It was sponsored by Sen. Morris Sheppard in early …

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Morris Sheppard and Prohibition: “The Driest of the Dry”

Morris Sheppard and prohibition

John Morris Sheppard and prohibition were very closely linked. Sheppard became an ardent advocate of banning alcohol beverage sales. And he did so fairly early in his political career. He was in Congress from 1901 until his death in 1941. Sheppard served first as a representative and then as a senator. He was a progressive …

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The Anti-Canteen Law (It May not be What You Think)

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The army formed canteens or small restaurants during the 1880s. The canteens sold beer to soldiers. Its goal was to give an alternative to off-base saloons. Over time the temperance movement grew stronger. The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) led the fight to remove the sale of alcohol from canteens Not “Anti-Canteen” The so-called anti-canteen …

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Cooking with Liquor or Spirits (Rum, Whiskey, Gin, Etc.)

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Many people cook with wine. However, cooking with liquor or spirits adds exciting new dimentions to food. Spirits give different flavors to dishes, making them more interesting. As the alcohol evaporates, their essences are concentrated. Their sugars also become carmelized. And, of course, nothing compares to the excitement of a flambed dish! All of the …

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George Washington Alcohol Quiz (It’s Really Fun! )

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How much do you know about George Washington? Did he wear wooden false teeth? Or throw a silver dollar across the Potomac River? Did he chop down a cherry tree? Test your knowledge of the first president by taking this George Washington Alcohol Quiz. Good luck! George Washington Alcohol Quiz. 1. George Washington considered himself primarily: …

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Social History of Alcohol in America: Discover Its Ironies

The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol chronicles the fascinating role of alcoholic beverages in American life and culture. It does so from the earliest Colonial period. Learn about colorful characters ranging from the well-known hatchet-wielding Carry Nation to the little known but quirky Moe Smith. See how and why alcohol changed from …

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Early Alcohol Trivia from Cavemen To Columbus (Alcohol Fun Facts)

Humans have made alcoholic beverages for thousands of years. Here we look at early alcohol trivia from caveman to Columbus. Share your favorite alcohol fun facts with friends and family! Beer was probably a staple before bread. 1 The world’s oldest known recipe is for beer. 2 Alcohol beverages have been produced for at least …

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