Friday, November 19, 2021

Booze and boozers face fierce opposition in 1874

The following is from The Writer’s Almanac: 

It's the anniversary of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union, in 1874. The Union was the outgrowth of dozens of local temperance societies that sprang up in the early 1870s. The Temperance women would march into saloons, and there they'd sing hymns, pray, and ask the barkeepers to stop selling liquor. Within 10 years, the movement had grown so much that the World Woman's Christian Temperance Union was organized. The temperance movement is still going today, with about a million members and chapters in 72 countries.

Personal Postscript — I offer the foregoing because it reminded me of Mark Twain. He was not a member of any temperance movement as an adult but briefly was a member as an adolescent. And I was a convert to the movement 30 years ago. Perhaps I’ll elaborate in a future postings.


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