Red-Nosed Angels and the Corseted Crusade: Newspaper Accounts of Nineteenth-Century Temperance Reformers
We have received with a request for their publication, the proceedings of a Female Temperance organization in Medina. The Proceedings are rather lengthy for our columns. We give the resolution adopted, and the substance of action had.
-- "Movement of the Ladies,"1853Ohio Woman's Temperance Convention
The Ladies of New York have just held a State Temperance Convintion [ sic ] at Albany. The attendance was very large, the addresses speeches and resolution pithy and posted.
-- "Ladies and Temperance," Report of 1853 New York Woman's Temperance Convention
NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF nineteenth-century women's temperance activity reflects a general discomfort with women's changing roles, especially as those roles became more public. Temperance women's refusals to be relegated to the private was threatening for many, both within and outside the movement, who feared women would lose their feminine qualities. Therefore, newspaper reporting focused largely on issues of gender rather than on the subject of temperance. Phrases placing added emphasis on gender surfaced repeatedly, such as "male men" and "female women" to