Profits, Power, and Prohibition: American Alcohol Reform and the Industrializing of America, 1800-1930

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SUNY Press, 1989 - Political Science - 272 pages
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The first comprehensive study of the anti-liquor/anti-drug movement in the US from the late 18th century to the repeal of prohibition in 1933. Rumbarger (American Historical Association and the Journal of the National Archives) argues that the impetus of the movement was not religion, but the attempt by employers to maintain a disciplined workforce. He traces how economic power is transformed into social and political power in our country. Important background to understanding the current Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
  

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Contents

The Social and Ideological Origins of Drink Reform
3
Social Class
21
Reorganization of the Temperance
42
Temperance Confronts
57
Liquor Control
69
Part III
81
Antisaloonism and Urban Reform 18901915 709
109
Antisaloonism and Industrial Development 18901915
123
Part IV
153
Drink Reform and the American Experience
184
Notes
199
Sources
259
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John J. Rumbarger, former assistant executive secretary of the American Historical Association and editor of Prologue: Journal of the National Archives, lives and works in Washington, D.C.

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