By Thomas H. Appleton, John David Smith
Utilizing biographical, demographic, political, social, and cultural ways, the 9 essays during this booklet offer a probing examine the South's variety and its very important position within the nationwide prior. The authors discover the strain among the South's well-worn mythic pictures and the variety that bred such influential leaders as Philip Mazzei, Henry Clay, A. B. satisfied Chandler, and John Sherman Cooper. The chapters illustrate the South's complexity in assessing the region's simple folks, slave panics, army approach, racial reform, and temperance flow. The publication untangles the South's mythology and gives clean and penetrating insights into the continued reassessment of the region.
Written through major specialists at the South's wealthy prior, this e-book offers 9 essays at the heritage of the South. using biographical, demographic, political, social, and cultural methods, the essays supply a probing examine the South's variety and its very important position within the nationwide previous. The authors discover the stress among the South's well-worn photographs and the range that bred such influential leaders as Philip Mazzei, Henry Clay, A. B. satisfied Chandler, and John Sherman Cooper.
The South has continually been a land of complexity and alter. A Mythic Land Apart illustrates this in assessing the region's undeniable folks, slave panics, army procedure, racial reform, and temperance flow. no matter if captured in fiction, movie, or historic literature, the South's historical past is still intertwined with its mythic self. The essays during this ebook untangle the South's mythololgy and provide clean and penetrating insights into the continuing reassessment of the region.
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In December 1841 the eminent physician Dr. ” Within a short time some 137 students, “six more than half the class,” had taken the oath. 49 The society investigated the widely held notion that alcoholic spirits served as preventives in warding off disease. Many Kentuckians had traditionally endowed liquors with medicinal properties. In 1819 Dr. ” 50 In 1842 a committee of the Physiological Temperance Society reported, however, there was no discernible evidence that the habitual use of alcohol would fend off diseases.
Founded on July 4, 1829, as an auxiliary of the American Temperance Society, the organization elected Benjamin Mills its first president. ” Members pledged themselves not to traffic in spirits and to abstain from the use of distilled liquors, including “foreign wines,” except in cases of “bodily infirmity” or religious sacrament. Further, the seventy-three signatories agreed to refrain from serving alcoholic beverages to family members or employees and to “discountenance” their use in the community.
Frankfort Commentator, July 14, 1829; Harbinger of the Mississippi Valley, 1 (March 1832): 6. The University of Kentucky Library owns several rare issues of the Harbinger, a serial devoted to the temperance issue. 22. Harbinger of the Mississippi Valley, 1 (March 1832): 7. Not all of the 290 remained in the society. Some seven or eight withdrew, claiming that their busi- Temperance to Prohibition in Antebellum Kentucky 37 ness required dealing in ardent spirits. Another three were expelled for “repeated” violations of the pledge.
A Mythic Land Apart: Reassessing Southerners and Their History by Thomas H. Appleton, John David Smith