Category: Temperance

Washingtonians: The Washingtonian Movement

The Washingtonians were members of the Washingtonian Total Temperance Society. There is a lack of consistency in the names they used. One group might be called the Washington Total-Abstinence Society. Another might be the Washingtonian Temperance Society. There were many variations. The individual Societies  resembled non-religious Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings. Yet they pre-dated AA by …

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Temperance Timelines

Prohibition Party

Even the term temperance has had a strange history. It began with the clear meaning of temperate or moderate. So temperance activists called for not drinking excessively. Among other things, that meant not drinking distilled spirits. That view was based on a myth. They thought spirits were “stronger” than beer and wine. In reality,  standard drinks …

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Growth of Temperance in America (U.S.)

The U.S. Civil War (1861-1865) and its immediate aftermath diverted attention to more pressing matters. This disrupted the growth of temperance work. And the work was essentially destroyed in the South. The massive rebuilding needed there inhibited growth of the movement for years. However, by 1870, concerns about temperance again largely returned. The successes and …

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Temperance Organizations & Groups of the U.S.: Discover How They Lead to Prohibition

Temperance organizations or groups were very successful in bringing about National Prohibition in the U.S. (1920-1933). Any successful social movement requires the concerted efforts of effective organizations. They guide the actions of dedicated individuals. Virtually all such groups fall into obscurity over time. This, in spite of their achievements. Temperance Organizations Presented Alphabetically. American Temperance …

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American Temperance Society: It Led to Prohibition

The American Temperance Society (ATS) began in Boston on February 13, 1826. It was first called the American Society for the Promotion of Temperance. Two Presbyterian ministers co-founded the group. They were Justin Edwards and the better-known Lyman Beecher. I. Goal Justin Edwards said the purpose of the organization was simple. It was to promote …

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