By James D. Ivy
During this enticing learn, James D. Ivy recovers an exciting and missed point of Texas cultural history―the confluence of social ideas that fueled the Texas prohibition circulate. specifically, Ivy contends that Texas prohibitionists built a southern approach that characterised prohibition as a reform flow with southern roots in Texas soil. those prohibitionists brazenly distanced themselves from northern evangelical reformers that had championed abolition, spiritual radicalism, or feminism so as to entice male citizens nervous approximately their position in post-Reconstruction southern society. whereas their approach succeeded insofar because it was once in a position to achieve the aid of a majority of white men with shut ties to the previous Confederacy, it did not convince a majority of Texas citizens to include prohibition.
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8 On the last day of the meeting, Dr. Cranfill, in his capacity as the chairman of the Committee on the State of the Order, presented what was supposed to be an assessment of the organization’s development over the previous year. But after briefly rejoicing in the growth in membership, he offered a course of action. He formulated his plan as a prescription for advancement of the UFT. ” As he warmed to his subject, it became clear that he was issuing a call to arms. “Pulverize the rum power must be written on every banner and the burden of every song,” he declared.
However this antebellum wave of reform was limited primarily to the northeastern and midwestern states, and was short-lived. Delaware was the southernmost state to enact statewide prohibition before the Civil War. After briefly enduring the zealous enforcement of the prohibitionists, state after state abandoned the experiment. The dissolution of the Whig Party and the sectional crisis of the late 1850s further disrupted the movement. It was not until women took the lead in the 1870s that a revival of temperance sentiment reignited efforts to enact statewide prohibition.
The local option campaign revived it. The women of the Union directed a “temperance concert” performed by the Sunday school pupils of the Trinity Methodist Church, organized a Young Ladies’ auxiliary “to educate their young gentlemen friends up to a realization of the fact that there is some higher sphere of enjoyment than whisky drinking,” and applied such pressure to the editor of the Waco Examiner to provide them with space for a weekly column that he felt obliged to respond to in print explaining why he couldn’t afford to do so.