No Saloon in the Valley: The Southern Strategy of Texas Prohibitionists in the 1880s

Synopsis

James D. Ivy contends that Texas prohibitionists--predominantly Baptists, and particularly those aligned with a nascent statewide organization--developed a Southern strategy that characterized prohibition as a reform with Southern roots in Texas soil. They overtly distanced themselves from those Northern evangelical reformers that had championed abolition, religious radicalism, or feminism, in order to appeal to male voters anxious about their role in post-Reconstruction Southern society. While their strategy succeeded insofar as they were able to gain the support of a majority of white males with close ties to the former Confederacy, it failed to persuade a majority of Texas voters to embrace prohibition.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Waco, TX
Publication year:
  • 2003