Tag: Temperance

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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Repeal in America: 1933 – Present

Repeal in America occurred on December 5, 1933. This timeline covers major events in its history. The timeline continues up to the present day. Achieving National Prohibition had been a Herculean effort. Millions of people had finally been convinced that Prohibition would usher in a new era. Crime would drop, Poverty would drop. Violence would …

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Emergence of Temperance in America

The emergence of temperance was slow. As time passed, temperance activists became frustrated. Drinkers were not cutting back enough. Nor were enough becoming teetotalers. Persuasion had its limits. Increasingly, temperance activists came to believe that people should be prohibited from drinking. That the police power of the state should be used to stop them. That …

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