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Liquor in the Land of the Lost CauseSouthern White Evangelicals and the Prohibition Movement$
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Joe L. Coker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124711

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124711.001.0001

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

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

Prohibition and Politics

(p.79) Chapter Three “Why Don’t He Give His Attention to Saving Sinners?”
Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause

Joe L. Coker

University Press of Kentucky

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

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