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Advert for a Meeting of the Woodgrange Total Abstinence Society

Advert for a Meeting of the Woodgrange Total Abstinence Society

Printer: Jaques, R.

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1882/09/25

Shelfmark: Evan.5001

Item number: 5001

Genre: Leaflet

This leaflet is advertising a political meeting to be held at the Woodgrange Institute. During the 19th century there were 2 very popular reforming interest groups, the ‘Temperance’ movement promoted moderation and tried to convince working men to avoid alcohol in large quantities and to spend their money on clothing and food as well as more middle class comforts like furniture. Alcohol was though to be the cause of the widespread poverty of the time. The ‘Abstinence’ movement was more radical in that it encouraged men to give up alcohol completely. It was lead by working class men as a reaction to what they saw as the middle class hypocrisy of the temperance movement, it had links with political movements like Chartism.

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