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Crusade against Drink in Victorian England - Lilian Lewis Shiman

Crusade against Drink in Victorian England

Hardcover Published: 6th April 1988
ISBN: 9780333408865
Number Of Pages: 309

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Drink, 'the curse of Britain', was sweeping the land, or so it seemed to many Englishmen in the early decades of the nineteenth century. They held it responsible for crime, poverty and many other ills of the rapidly industrializing towns. A 'moderation' temperance reform organized in 1829 largely under middle class auspices soon gave way to a radical commitment to total abstinence in a great variety of worker self-help groups. When these too failed to change the drinking habits of most Englishmen the temperance movement sought new alliances. In the 1870s and 1880s Gospel Temperance married temperance to revivalist religion. It received the support of both established and non-conformist churches, and millions 'took the pledge'. But many did not; and as religious enthusiasm faded the anti-drink forces shifted their attention to the political arena. After successfully pressuring the Liberal Party to adopt limited prohibition, they mounted a great but unsuccessful campaign in the 1895 election. With this defeat the anti-drink crusade disintegrated, leaving the dedicated teetotallers socially isolated in the safe haven of their drink-free subculture.

Preface - Introduction - PART 1 AN UNPOPULAR CAUSE - The Temperance Reformation - The Teetotal Lifeboat - So Many Christian Icebergs to Melt - Legal Suasion - PART 2 THE GREAT CRUSADE - Introduction - To the Rescue - Come All Ye Children - A Wave of Blue: The Temperance Army - The Temperance Party - A World Free from Drink - Conclusion - Notes - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333408865
ISBN-10: 0333408861
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 309
Published: 6th April 1988
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.81  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 2