#MeToo, Carry Nation, and Why It’s Time to Revisit the History of the Temperance Movement

At its core, the temperance movement critiqued the sexual double standard, and it provides a vital pre-history for understanding the long #MeToo movement.

Lecture Description

In history textbooks and popular imagination the temperance movement often gets a bad rap – movement leaders such as Frances Willard tend to be depicted as prim, overly devout killjoys while Carrie Nation is dismissed as a hatchet-wielding huckster. This talk urges listeners to reconsider the temperance movement and what it stood for. At the core, temperance leaders fought not just alcohol but also “the degradation of women,” a pairing that Willard referred to as the “Siamese twins of vice.” Temperance leaders’ critiques of the sexual double standard and their strategies to dismantle it increasingly resonate today.

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