Temperance: Case 12

The Temperance movement grew ever stronger in the 19th century. It invoked humor, satire, and theology to persuade.

The zoological convention is a fable of "innocent amusement." The beasts of Africa discuss the crudities of man and alcohol and pledge to abstain. 

The convention of drunkards, in verse, presents "delegates from every section of besotted society...to regain their right to drink at pleasure." They finally disperse in confusion.

Samson in 600 pages provides an analysis of old and new testaments and classical texts, concluding that the wine of scripture was unfermented and non-intoxicating. In time, books on non-alcoholic drinks appear and the Welch Grape Juice Company reminds us that grape juice is good for you. 

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