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Introduction

Joe L. Coker

in Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause

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/9780813124711.003.0001
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This book examines how evangelicals in southern US states, particularly in Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama, came to embrace the prohibition movement during the antebellum period, focusing on how they managed to overcome the obstacles and adaptations that were part of the crusade. With the temperance movement enjoying great success in the northeastern states during the 1850s, many southern evangelicals felt that prohibition was unnecessary. However, the few evangelicals who supported the movement, primarily Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians, persisted and successfully tied prohibition to race and other larger social issues within the southern society—a development that proved essential to the movement's ultimate success in the region. After a long and difficult struggle, the Georgia legislature in 1907 voted in favor of a statewide prohibition. Within the next few years, more southern states would pass a similar bill and, in 1919, the Eighth Amendment was ratified to make prohibition a part of the US constitution.

Keywords: prohibition movement; southern evangelicals; Baptists; Methodists; Presbyterians; antebellum south; temperance movement

Chapter.  4554 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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