Devil of the Domestic Sphere: Temperance, Gender, and Middle-Class Ideology, 1800-1860

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Drink, in the minds of antebellum temperance reformers, represented the threat of an increasingly urban, industrial world. Contrasting the drunkards lack of restraint with their own thrift and sobriety, these members of the emerging middle class lay claim to respectability, virtue, and moral leadership. As they sought to legitimate their own authority, reformers also employed temperance literature to propagate middle-class ideas about the nature of women and their role as guardians of the home. Stories of women as innocent ...

Devil of the Domestic Sphere: Temperance, Gender, and Middle-Class Ideology, 1800-1860 2010, Northern Illinois University Press, Dekalb, IL

ISBN-13: 9780875806396

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Devil of the Domestic Sphere: Temperance, Gender, and Middle-Class Ideology, 1800-1860 2008, Northern Illinois University Press

ISBN-13: 9780875803852

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