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“Let the Cowards Vote as They Will, I’m for Prohibition Still”

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/9780813124711.003.0006
“Let the Cowards Vote as They Will, I’m for Prohibition Still”

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The concept of honor that was deeply ingrained in southern culture during the antebellum period tolerated and even encouraged men to engage in such activities as gambling, drinking, and dueling—behavior that directly contravened the principles of self-restraint and strict biblical morality promoted by evangelicals. Capitalizing on their increasingly prominent role in society after the Civil War, southern evangelical prohibitionists, especially Methodists and Baptists, began to redefine the concept of honor to push their prohibitionist agenda. By defining honor along more Christian and middle-class Victorian lines, evangelicals were able to convince Southern men that living a Christian lifestyle and taking up the cause of prohibition constituted an honorable and manly undertaking. By extension, anyone who opposed prohibition was considered dishonorable.

Keywords: prohibition; honor; evangelical prohibitionists; dueling; Civil War; antebellum period; southern culture; Old South; New South

Chapter.  9391 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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