How Did the Reform Agenda of the Minnesota Woman's
Christian Temperance Union Change, 1878-1917?

Abstract

        The Woman's Christian Temperance Union's activism regarding women's rights, anti-prostitution, and temperance demonstrates that several goals competed within the organization. In the beginning these women were Evangelical soul savers who relied on moral suasion. Later they endorsed legislative and secular methods. In the annual speeches, state presidents tried to appeal to a broad ideological spectrum of beliefs and used temperance as the unifying force. The Minnesota W.C.T.U. endorsed Willard's "Do Everything" philosophy well into the twentieth century.

              
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