"The Forces of Bacchus Are Fast Yielding": The Rise and Fall of Anti-Alcohol Reform in Antebellum Rowan County, North Carolina

July 2010
North Carolina Historical Review;Jul2010, Vol. 87 Issue 3, p310
Academic Journal
The article presents an in-depth examination into the history and activities of the temperance movement of antebellum Rowan County, North Carolina. Details are given overviewing the development of the movement from its early inception in the late 18th century, to the height of its status and influence in the 1850s, to its collapse by 1860. Questions are then raised and addressed identifying the causes for the movement's dissolution, citing issues such as class conflict rooted in the urban-rural dichotomy of the region and conflicting ideals of political conservatism.


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