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"Distilled damnation" : temperance before 1880.
"It is not enough that the church should be sober" : drying up the South, 1880-1915.
"Why don't he give his attention to saving sinners?" : prohibition and politics.
"But what seek those dark ballots?" : prohibition and race.
"Let the cowards vote as they will, I'm for prohibition still" : prohibition and the southern cult of honor.
"Some of our best preachers part their hair in the middle" : prohibition and gender.
Conclusion. 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 and benevolence societies. 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. In the decades following the Civil War, however, southern evangelicals embraced the movement with unprecedented fervor