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

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

Prohibition and the Southern Cult of Honor

(p.175) Chapter Five “Let the Cowards Vote as They Will, I’m for Prohibition Still”
Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause

Joe L. Coker

University Press of Kentucky

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

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