By James D. Ivy
During this enticing learn, James D. Ivy recovers an fascinating and overlooked point of Texas cultural history―the confluence of social options that fueled the Texas prohibition stream. particularly, Ivy contends that Texas prohibitionists constructed a southern procedure that characterised prohibition as a reform stream with southern roots in Texas soil. those prohibitionists openly distanced themselves from northern evangelical reformers that had championed abolition, spiritual radicalism, or feminism with a view to attract male citizens fearful approximately their function in post-Reconstruction southern society. whereas their technique succeeded insofar because it used to be capable of achieve the aid of a majority of white men with shut ties to the previous Confederacy, it didn't convince a majority of Texas citizens to include prohibition.
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Governor Gibbs, and State Comptroller William Swain each took their turn at the podium. According to a correspondent for the Galveston News, as the old soldiers listened to each of the speakers, “the cause they fought for was painted in glowing colors . . ” Of the four candidate Ross and Gibbs had taken a stand on prohibition. 24 For partisan Democrats there were two distinct issues to consider: first, the position elaborated by Coke and Mills that prohibition was undemocratic in principle; and second, the fear that as a political concern prohibition threatened to divide and weaken the Democratic Party in Texas.
With pride she reported that it was unlikely that “any southern state can show more of her own women at work in a public capacity” than Texas.
5 Opponents of prohibition did not necessarily oppose the submission of the amendment. Gov. Sul Ross, who before his election to that office had spoken in opposition to prohibition in local option campaigns, urged in his opening message to the nineteenth legislature that they pass the amendment, giving the voters of the state the opportunity to declare once and for all their position on such an important subject. The vote for submission in the House on January 30 was 80 to 21, and in the Senate on February 25 was 22 to 8.
No Saloon in the Valley: The Southern Strategy of Texas Prohibitionists in the 1880s by James D. Ivy