Category: Temperance

Dominion Alliance: Total Suppression of the Liquor Traffic.

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The US had the Anti-Saloon League. And Canada its Dominion Alliance. To be more specific, the Dominion Alliance for the Total Suppression of the Liquor Traffic. The temperance movement began in Canada in the early nineteenth century. It was largely local. And it began in the eastern provinces. The movement began slowly. But it gradually …

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Temperance Trivia: Fun Trivia Mostly From the Past

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Temperance trivia! It’s fun. Amaze yourself. Then impress your friends and family. Trivia A temperance “scientist” said that inhaling alcohol vapors could lead to defective children. And for three generations.1 Those vapors must be really powerful! A temperance newspaper warned of people who drink alcohol. If they gave birth to children, those will a inborn …

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F.E.W. Harper: Temperance Advocate

F.E.W. Harper

F.E.W. Harper was an author, poet, and public speaker. She wrote and spoke about temperance and abolition. And later she spoke on the right of women to vote. Frances Ella Watkins was born free in Baltimore. It was on September 24, 1825.  She was orphaned by age three. Watkins’ aunt and uncle raised her. Her …

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Ida B. Wells: Temperance Advocate (African American)

Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was born in Holly Springs, MS on July 16th, 1862. That was during the the Civil War (1861-1865). She was born enslaved.  Wells saw the link between enslavement by humans and by alcohol. So she promoted the temperance movement. In 1895, Ms. Wells married Ferdinand Lee Barnett. He published the first Black newspaper …

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Martin Delany: Temperance Advocate

Martin Delany

Martin Delany was an African American abolitionist and temperance supporter.  Delaney was born in Charles Town, VA (now WV). He was the son an enslaved father and a free mother. That was in 1812. In 1843 he began publishing a newspaper Later, along with Frederick Douglass, they published The North Star. The newspaper promoted abolition.  During …

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Alcohol from 1700 to 1773: US Colonial Period History

  Alcohol from 1700 to 1773 was the end of the Colonial Period in American (US) history. During that time people increased the production of beer, wine, and distilled spirits. Hope you enjoy this timeline! Cir. 1700-1730. Hard cider often served as a currency in the American colonies.1 “Housewives in the northern colonies brewed beer …

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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).                                 OVERVIEW I.    Martha Washingtonians II.   Daughters of Temperance III.  Woman’s New …

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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

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The Sheppard Bone-Dry Act. It 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 …

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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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