Southern Prohibition

By Lee L. Willis

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Southern Prohibition examines political culture and reform through the evolving temperance and prohibition movements in Middle Florida. Scholars have long held that liquor reform was largely a northern and mid-Atlantic phenomenon before the Civil War. Lee L. Willis takes a close look at the Florida plantation belt to reveal that the campaign against alcohol had a dramatic impact on public life in this portion of the South as early as the 1840s.Race, class, and gender mores shaped and were shaped by the temperance movement. White racial fears inspired prohibition for slaves and free blacks. Stringent licensing shut down grog shops that were the haunts of common and poor whites, which accelerated gentrification and stratified public drinking along class lines. Restricting blacks access to alcohol was a theme that ran through temperance and prohibition campaigns in Florida, but more affluent African Americans also supported prohibition, indicating that the issue was not driven solely by white desires for social control. Women in the plantation belt played a marginal role in comparison to other locales and were denied greater political influence as a result.Beyond alcohol, Willis also takes a broader look at psychoactive substances to show the veritable pharmacopeia available to Floridians in the nineteenth century. Unlike the campaign against alcohol, however, the tightening regulations on narcotics and cocaine in the early twentieth century elicited little public discussion or concerna quiet beginning to the states war on drugs.

Product details

EAN

9780820341835

Format

ebook

Author

Lee L. Willis

Category

Publisher

University of Georgia Press

Pages

224

Language

eng

Imprint

University of Georgia Press

Published Date

2011-10-30

Published Country

US

EAN 9780820341835
Format Ebook
Author Lee L. Willis
Category
Publisher University of Georgia Press
Pages 224
Language eng
Imprint University of Georgia Press
Published Date 2011-10-30
Published Country US

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