Fighting the Trade

Graham Neville

in Radical Churchman

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269779
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683794 | DOI:
Fighting the Trade

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This chapter examines one of the series of lectures by Edward Hicks's which has been founded to commemorate two of the leading lights of the temperance movement, J. H. Raper and F. R. Lees, titled, ‘The Church and the Liquor Traffic’. It notes that Hicks believed that the social situation in the slums was dominated by the drink trade. It stresses that the ‘trade’ is an organized exploitation of working people. It points out that shareholders of breweries were guilty of unethical investment and few had any idea of the conditions under which the poor lived in the slums, and took their dividends without scruple. It further points out that the slow progress of the temperance cause was due to the enormous profitability of drink. Supply created demand, not vice versa.

Keywords: temperance movement; J. H. Raper; F. R. Lees; The Church and the Liquor Traffic; slums; drink trade; organized exploitation; working people; shareholders of breweries; unethical investment

Chapter.  9587 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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