The Temperance Songs of Stephen C. Foster

  title={The Temperance Songs of Stephen C. Foster},
  author={Paul D. Sanders},
  journal={American Music},
  pages={279 - 300}
beginning around 1840 and continuing to the ratification of the National Prohibition act in 1920, temperance reformers in the united States produced an astounding number of songs published in hundreds of temperance songsters and as sheet music. These songs were sung at temperance meetings and festivals, in schools, and at home. Temperance reformers understood the power of music and freely utilized songs in the battle against “demon rum.” Writing early in the movement, mary Dana exclaimed in The… 


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