Chapter

“Why Don’t He Give His Attention to Saving Sinners?”

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/9780813124711.003.0004
“Why Don’t He Give His Attention to Saving Sinners?”

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With southern evangelicals increasingly taking on the role of political activists during the prohibition movement in the 1890s, there were concerns, both inside and outside the church, that their activism ran counter to the doctrine of the spirituality of the church. Among their critics were conservative evangelicals supported by the Democratic Party, which remained unreceptive to the cause. Although there were some evangelical prohibitionists who shifted their support to the emerging Populist Party, others remained wary that undermining Democratic hegemony in the South could threaten white political superiority. It wasn't until the Populist challenge was resolved that southern evangelical prohibitionists would again present a united front.

Keywords: evangelical prohibitionists; political activism; spirituality; Prohibitionist Party; Democratic Party; Populist Party; white superiority

Chapter.  17088 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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