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Temperance Society Broadside

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2999

This collection houses a satirical broadside printed by an unidentified Knoxville Temperance Society. It takes the form of a recruitment poster produced by the liquor companies targeting new customers.

Dates

  • undated

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses a satirical broadside printed by an unidentified Knoxville Temperance Society. It takes the form of a recruitment poster produced by the liquor companies targeting new customers.

Biographical/Historical Note

Beginning in the early 19th century, many southern leaders supported denying alcohol to blacks and poor whites, believing that this measure would reduce crime. Although the first attempt at statewide prohibition was defeated in the Tennessee House of Representatives, temperance advocates succeeded in banning liquor sales near churches (1824) and chartered rural schools (1877 and 1887). Such organizations as the Tennessee Anti-Saloon League, the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and a number of religious organizations took up the cause in the late 1800s and between 1899 and 1907 succeeded in establishing the local option, which allowed each city to decide independently whether to be wet or dry. Full statewide prohibition was finally enacted in 1917 and Tennessee ratified the Eighteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution in 1919. Prohibition did not fare well during the 1920s, however, and the state returned to the local option model in 1939.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections purchased this collection in 2007.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480