The Temperance Movement

By Luis Uribe and Carter Broszeit

What is the Temperance Movement:

The Temperance Movement is a social movement urging reduced or prohibited use of alcoholic beverages. Temperance movements typically criticize excessive alcohol use, promote complete abstinence, or pressure the government to enact anti-alcohol legislation or complete prohibition of alcohol (Temperance Movement).


Who did the movement helped?

The movement helped women and businesses other than bars/saloons because the men would go out and spend all of there earnings for a week on a night, mainly on Sundays. The men would not show up to work on Monday because they were hung-over.


What was life like before the movements?

There was crime, sickness, poverty, and abuse of women and children before the movement.


What were the long term effects of the movement?


People stopped spending all of there money on booze, and started spending time with family, going to church, and going to work. There were also people that worked behind the law, by illegally having "underground" or discret bars.

General Info:

  • The movement started in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
  • The movement started in the American revolution in Connecticut, Virginia, and New York State, with farmers forming associations to ban whiskey distilling with the movement spreading to eight states.
  • The American Temperance Society was formed in 1826 and within 12 years claiming more than 8,000 local groups and over 1,500,000 members.
  • At about the same time, temperance societies were founded in the UK.
  • The term "Teetotal" was found in Preston, Lancashire in 1833, where the first temperance hotel and periodical was founded.

Major Characters:

Major Events:

  • The American Temperance Society was formed in 1826.
  • The 1830s saw a growth with temperance movements starting in foreign countries.
  • 1847: Maine adopted the first state law prohibiting the sale of alcohol.
  • 1852: Stanton and Anthony found the New York State Women's Temperance Society.
  • 1864: The Salvation Army was founded in London with a heavy emphasis on both abstinence from alcohol and ministering to the working class.
  • 1874: Women's Christian Temperance Union founded.

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