Women’s Temperance Crusade 1873-1874
A small group of women gathered outside the doorway of the D. Corcoran Bakery in Mount Vernon, Ohio during the Women’s Temperance Crusade of 1873-1874. The women were protesting the sale of alcoholic beverages.
The temperance movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries was an organized effort to encourage moderation in the consumption of intoxicating liquors or press for complete abstinence. The movement’s ranks were mostly filled by women who, with their children, had endured the effects of unbridled drinking by many of their menfolk. In fact, alcohol was blamed for many of society’s demerits, among them severe health problems, destitution and crime.