Table of Contents

Introduction : silenced voices.
Part One. From pedestal to pen and podium.
Woman's rights in woman's wrongs : temperance women at mid-century.
Patriotic reformers : "Called by the spirit of the Lord to lead the women of the world".
Woman-tempered rhetoric : public presentation and the WCTU.
Part Two. Controversy surrounding the cause.
Dissension and division : racial tension and the WCTU.
Red-nosed angels and the corseted crusade : newspaper accounts of nineteenth-century temperance reformers.
Part Three. Fictional accounts of feminine concerns.
"The feelings of the romantic and fashionable" : women's issues in temperance fiction.
"Wine drinkers and heartless profligates" : water drops from popular novelists.
Conclusion : women of the century. "In this Illustrated Study, Carol Mattingly examines the rhetoric of the temperance movement, the largest political movement of women in the nineteenth century." "Tapping previously unexplored sources, Mattingly uncovers new voices and different perspectives, thus greatly expanding our knowledge of temperance women in particular and of nineteenth-century women and women's rhetoric in general. Her scope is broad: she looks at temperance fiction, newspaper accounts of meetings and speeches, autobiographical and biographical accounts, and minutes of national and state temperance meetings." "Examining the choices these women made in their efforts to better conditions for women, Mattingly looks first at oral rhetoric among nineteenth-century temperance women. She examines the early temperance speeches of activists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who later chose to concentrate their effort in the suffrage organizations, and those who continued to work on behalf of women primarily through the temperance topic, such as Amelia Bloomer and Clarina Howard Nichols. Finally, she examines the rhetoric of members of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union - the largest organization of women in the nineteenth century."--Jacket.