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Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause: Southern White Evangelicals and the Prohibition Movement

Joe L. Coker


The temperance movement first appeared in America in the 1820s as an outgrowth of the same evangelical fervor that fostered a wide range of reform campaigns. Like many of these movements, temperance was confined primarily to the northeastern United States during the antebellum period. Viewed with suspicion by Southerners because of its close connection to the antislavery movement, prohibition sentiment remained relatively weak in the antebellum South. After the Civil War, however, southern evangelicals embraced the movement, and by 1915, liquor had been officially banned from the region. This ... More

Keywords: temperance movement, United States, antebellum period, South, antislavery movement, Civil War, liquor, moral reform, ideology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780813124711
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124711.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joe L. Coker, author