Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tree of Temperance

Tree of Temperance
12 x 18"
My Great-Grandmother was a member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union back in the early 1900's. The Temperance Movement involved those who were against alcohol consumption mainly but also included abstinence in anything of excess. The Tree of Temperance above is inspired by an early work found at the Library of Congress by an Archibald McBrair below.
The nineteenth century saw the emergence of a movement to prohibit the sale of alcohol. Started by local groups and individuals, the national movement was led by the American Temperance Society, formed in 1826. One of the major public messages of the society was that drinking threatened stable family life.

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