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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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Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause

Joe L. Coker

University Press of Kentucky

This book examines how evangelicals in southern US states, particularly in Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama, came to embrace the prohibition movement during the antebellum period, focusing on how they managed to overcome the obstacles and adaptations that were part of the crusade. With the temperance movement enjoying great success in the northeastern states during the 1850s, many southern evangelicals felt that prohibition was unnecessary. However, the few evangelicals who supported the movement, primarily Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians, persisted and successfully tied prohibition to race and other larger social issues within the southern society—a development that proved essential to the movement's ultimate success in the region. After a long and difficult struggle, the Georgia legislature in 1907 voted in favor of a statewide prohibition. Within the next few years, more southern states would pass a similar bill and, in 1919, the Eighth Amendment was ratified to make prohibition a part of the US constitution.

Keywords:   prohibition movement, southern evangelicals, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, antebellum south, temperance movement

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