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Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause

Joe L. Coker

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124711
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134727 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124711.001.0001
Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause

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The temperance movement first appeared in America in the 1820s as an outgrowth of the same evangelical fervor that fostered a wide range of reform campaigns. Like many of these movements, temperance was confined primarily to the northeastern United States during the antebellum period. Viewed with suspicion by Southerners because of its close connection to the antislavery movement, prohibition sentiment remained relatively weak in the antebellum South. After the Civil War, however, southern evangelicals embraced the movement, and by 1915, liquor had been officially banned from the region. This book examines how southern evangelical men and women transformed a Yankee moral reform movement into an ideology that was compatible with southern culture and values.

Keywords: temperance movement; United States; antebellum period; South; antislavery movement; Civil War; liquor; moral reform; ideology

Book.  344 pages. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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