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Devil of the Domestic Sphere
Temperance, Gender, and Middle-class Ideology, 1800–1860
Scott C. Martin
“Martin’s argument is provocative and important, his documentation exhaustive. He challenges previous scholarship about American women before the Civil War by shifting the focus from anti-slavery to temperance and drink.”—David Fahey, Miami University, Ohio
“Excellent, solid, and well argued…. Martin takes offense at the many ways in which the temperance movement demeaned and even endangered women, and is sensitive to subtle expressions of misogyny.”—Elaine Frantz Parsons, Duquesne University
"A fascinating analysis. An original and needed contribution to the literature of nineteenyh-century female activism."—Journal of Illinois History
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.
(2008) 232 pp., 10 illus.
Scott C. Martin is Associate Professor of History and American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University.
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