The “Washingtonian revival”: Narrative and the moral transformation of temperance reform in Antebellum America

  title={The “Washingtonian revival”: Narrative and the moral transformation of temperance reform in Antebellum America},
  author={Charles J. G. Griffin},
  journal={Southern Communication Journal},
  pages={67 - 78}
This essay examines the role of movement narratives during a brief but decisive phase in the nineteenth‐century temperance movement known as the “Washingtonian Revival.” It argues that efforts to combat intemperance in the Early Republic were hampered initially by the failure of temperance activists to articulate a moral rationale that could inspire reformers, win converts to their cause, and capture the sympathies of a public swept up in the democratic and humanitarian optimism of the age… 
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