Tag: Scientific Temperance Instruction

Scientific Temperance Instruction: Evaluated by Scholars

The textbooks endorsed by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) were highly criticized. They were filled with distortions and falsehoods. They all had to be approved by Mary Hunt. And she insisted on what she called Scientific Temperance Instruction or STI.  It was anything but scientific. Leading scientists and educators were concerned about Scientific Temperance …

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Temperance Beliefs & Temperance Teachings

normalizing alcohol

Temperance beliefs were fundamental to the temperance movement. They guided its teachings and actions. Mary Hunt of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) had pushed for state laws requiring anti-alcohol teaching in all schools in the US. She also had her legions of WCTU members monitoring schools to ensure compliance. But most important, this temperance …

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