The Temperance Movement Essay

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In the early parts of the 20th Century, Canada experimented with banning alcohol consumption. There were some exceptions to this, but most of Canada’s Provincial governments issued some sort of prohibitory laws. The exception being Québec who only prohibited hard liquor, meaning that they allowed the production and consumption of beverages, such as, beer. This drive towards prohibition started during the mid-19th Century. It all started during the Temperance Movement, when proponents voluntarily abstained from alcohol. This abstention was due to alcohol’s, perceived, moral downfalls. However, slowly, the various provinces reversed their restrictions on alcohol and moved from prohibition to system of coordination. There were several …show more content…
They thought that ridding the world of alcohol was necessary for their saviors return. They used the Temperance Movement as a means to achieve their ultimate goal—social salvation. The Temperance Movement was not just about abstaining, or riding the world from alcohol, but it was all about religion. In fact, the movement had a positive correlation with religion; which, meaning that when religious fever increases so does the popularity of the Temperance Movement . In essence, the temperance was a religious, moral, crusade to prepare society for the second coming of the one true savior—Jesus Christ. Therefore, this shows that the Temperance Movement was a religious movement as well.
The movement went further than just trying to cleanse society from the grips of alcohol. It centered on the health and well-being of the family unit. The movement consisted of various different organizations. Two examples of numerous temperance groups are The Bands of Hope of the Sons of Temperance (BHST) and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). The BHST for instance “encouraged children to abstain from liquor, tobacco, and bad language.” This shows that the Temperance Movement wanted to go beyond alcohol reform. It could be argued that all fore mentioned things are immoral, thus they must be abstained from. The reformers also tried to change, or create, a new definition of what it is to be a “real man.” The proponents of temperance said that “real men” do
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