Category: Organizations

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union

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The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) is the oldest voluntary, non-sectarian women’s organization in continuous existence in the world. It was also among the first organizations to keep a professional lobbyist in Washington, D.C. to promote its agenda. The organization is the “Woman’s” rather than “Women’s” Christian Temperance Union. That’s because it is the individual …

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Prohibition Party – The Oldest Third Party in U.S.

I. Background. The Prohibition Party of the United States began in 1869. Before the Civil War (1861-1865) temperance groups had promoted voluntary abstinence from alcoholic beverages. The  War diverted national attention to more pressing matters. Subsequently, the temperance movement wayned. Moral suasion had proved to be both difficult and frustrating. So after the War, temperance …

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Candy Lightner (Candace Lightner): Founder of MADD

Candy Lightner (Candace Lynne Lightner) founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Lightner was born on May 30, 1946 in Pasadena, California, where she graduated from high school. After attending American River College, she married Steve Lightner and had three children. I. Tragedies A drunken driver rear-ended Candy Lightner’s car when her daughter Serena was 18 …

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