: This illustration depicts a large group of crusaders for Temperance and Prohibition in front of a family grocery store in Waynesville, Ohio. In 1874, a group of Cleveland women established the Women's Christian Temperance Union. This organization pressured the Ohio and federal governments to implement Prohibition, which would outlaw the production, sale, and consumption of alcohol. From the mid 1870s to the early 1890s, the WCTU was the major organization within the United States seeking Prohibition. Its members utilized rather extreme tactics to convince Americans to abstain from alcohol. Members picketed bars and saloons, prayed for the souls of the bar patrons, and also tried to block the entryways of establishments that sold liquor. By the 1890s, groups such as the American Anti-Saloon League had joined the Women's Christian Temperance Union in its push for Prohibition. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL04189 Subjects
: Temperance; Women social reformers - Ohio; Other--Social Welfare; Activists Places
: Waynesville (Ohio); Warren County (Ohio)