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Southern prohibition : race, reform, and public life in middle Florida, 1821-1920

Author: Lee Willis
Publisher: Athens ; London : The University of Georgia Press, [2011] ©2011
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Willis, Lee, 1973-
Southern prohibition.
Athens : University of Georgia Press, c2011
(DLC) 2011010408
(OCoLC)707023086
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Willis
ISBN: 9780820341835 0820341835 9781283267908 128326790X
OCLC Number: 754409962
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 209 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: Introduction --
One. "To remain dram drinkers and tipplers": Taverns, Temperance, and Political Culture in Territorial Florida --
Two. "We have got no billiard saloon": Temperance in Antebellum Florida --
Three. "Drinking and gamboling": Alcohol, Temperance, and the Civil War --
Four. "In close communion with John Barleycorn": Race, Reform, and Reconstruction --
Five. "Kill the beast and save the boys": Local Option in Leon County --
Six. "Good order": Local Option in Franklin County --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: 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 concern--a quiet beginning to the state's war on drugs."--Publisher's description.

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"[Willis's] research is impressive, mining not only a wide array of official and private documents but also the findings of archaeological excavations to reconstruct local drinking culture. . . . Read more...

 
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