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We Are What We DrinkThe Temperance Battle in Minnesota$
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Sabine N. Meyer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039355

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039355.001.0001

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“Talking against a Stonewall”

“Talking against a Stonewall”

The High License Consensus (1888–1897)

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(p.94) 3. “Talking against a Stonewall”
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We Are What We Drink
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Sabine N. Meyer

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039355.003.0004

This chapter examines the emergence of a High License consensus in Minnesota during the period 1888–1897. In the decade after the passage of the High License Law, there was an almost complete standstill of temperance reform in Minnesota due to the existence of a High License consensus. The moderate reformers, the leaders of the Republican Party, and even many of the law's opponents argued in favor of maintaining it. This situation did not change when two groups of Minnesotans joined the radical reformist camp: the Scandinavian Americans and the members of the state's Populist movement. This chapter also discusses the temperance activism of Irish women, with particular emphasis on the Woman's Christian Temperance Union's fight for women's rights, and the German Americans' use of the temperance movement to strengthen their ethnic position in American society. Finally, it considers how the High License consensus resulted in greater cooperation among the High License Law's opponents and in the founding of the Minnesota Anti-Saloon League (ASL).

Keywords:   temperance activism, High License consensus, High License Law, temperance reform, Minnesota, Scandinavian Americans, Irish women, Woman's Christian Temperance Union, German Americans, Minnesota Anti-Saloon League

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