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Alabama Temperance records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-2323

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence about the temperance movement in Alabama.

Dates

  • 1880

Creator

Biographical / Historical

The temperance movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries was an organized effort to encourage moderation in the consumption of intoxicating liquors or press for complete abstinence. The movement's ranks were mostly filled by women who, with their children, had endured the effects of unbridled drinking by many of their menfolk. In fact, alcohol was blamed for many of society's demerits, among them severe health problems, destitution and crime. At first, they used moral persuasion to address the problem.

The earliest organizations of this movement were in Europe and moved into the United States, where it existed in a matrix of unrest and intellectual ferment in which such other social ills as slavery, neglect and ill-treatment of marginalized people, were addressed by liberals and conservatives alike. Sometimes called the First Reform Era, running through the 1830s and '40s, it was a period of inclusive humanitarian reform.





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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Correspondence about the temperance movement in Alabama

Physical Location

W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Provenance

Unknown

General

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Title
Guide to the Alabama Temperance papers
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
April 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500