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Many of the women who supported the Temperance Movement were trying to protect their families and children from alcohol since they thought it was dangerous.  They wanted to just get rid of it completely as excessive drinking was getting out of hand. As Frances E. Willard said,”Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.” Since many people were drinking to the point where it was ruining their lives, prohibition supporters wanted to ban it in it’s entirety.

One major group of women who supported prohibition was the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. It was led by Frances E. Willard. They made an effect because they made it so that every school had to learn about alcohol, and it’s negative consequences. Another major group was the Anti-Saloon League. They collaborated with lots of different people including the Ku Klux Klan and the International Workers of the World, making them successful. The amendment was successful but then some thieves smuggled alcohol.

I don’t completely agree with the prohibition groups because they were wanting to ban the alcohol completely. I think having some alcohol in limited amounts should be acceptable and not illegal. However at that point it was completely getting out of hand, so I understand their point of view as well.

One group of women who fought to ban marijuana.  "Woman's Christian Temperance Union." Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Wikipedia, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.

One group of women who fought to ban marijuana.
“Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.” Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Wikipedia, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.

“Frances E. Willard.” Frances E. Willard. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2014. <http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1080.html>.

“Prohibition.” PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2014. <http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/prohibition/roots-of-prohibition/>.

1 comment so far ↓

  • #   Inloes, Terri on 02.12.14 at 7:20 pm     Reply

    This first post is great. I like your thinking and analysis. You are on the right track.


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