Well-Tempered Women: Nineteenth-Century Temperance Rhetoric

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Introduction: Silenced Voices

Be present at our Table Lord Be here and everywhere ador'd These creatures bless & grant that we May feast in paradise with thee.

Unfortunately, thousands of actively vocal temperance women are not represented here. Women who did not publish or take part in highly visible proceedings are, by and large, absent, and records for many of those who did participate more fully have been lost.
There does seem to be an increasing awareness of and appreciation for the impact temperance women had on changes for women. Jack S. Blocker's "Give to the Winds Thy Fear": The Women's Temperance Crusade, 1873-1874 examines the Woman's Crusade, and Janet Giele has recently revised her already valuable 1961 dissertation, acknowledging her failure to appreciate temperance women fully in its earlier form, now recognizing the major influence these women exerted. Still, remarkably little has been published in appreciation of this large, active group of women.
1. Woman's Rights in Woman's Wrongs: Temperance Women at Mid-Century
Elizabeth Bowles Warbasse provides the most complete account of changes in women's legal rights and coverture through mid-century. Additional helpful sources include Giele (51-54), Flexner (62-70), Salmon (14, 193), and contributors to Cott, History of Women in the United States.

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