Temperance Tales; or, Six Nights with the Washingtonians by T.S. Arthur - 1849

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Temperance Tales; or Six Nights with the Washingtonians by T.S. Arthur. This book was published by W.A. Leary & Co. in 1849.

This book is in very good condition for its age. There is some light wear to the cover, moderate toning to the pages. The book is fully intact with no torn or missing pages. There is writing on the first page of the book. There is no other writing or markings in the book. There are stains in the book on many of the pages and inside the back cover

The Washingtonian Movement was a 19th-century temperance fellowship founded on Thursday, April 2, 1840 by six alcoholics (William Mitchell, David Hoss, Charles Anderson, George Steer, Bill M'Curdy, and Tom Campbell) at Chase's Tavern on Liberty Street in Baltimore, Maryland. The idea was that by relying on each other, sharing their alcoholic experiences and creating an atmosphere of conviviality, they could keep each other sober. Total abstinence from alcohol was their goal. The group taught sobriety and preceded Alcoholics Anonymous by almost a century. Members sought out other "drunkards" (the term alcoholic had not yet been created), told them their experiences with alcohol abuse and how the Society had helped them achieve sobriety. With the passage of time the Society became a prohibitionist organization in that it promoted the legal and mandatory prohibition of alcoholic beverages. The Society was the inspiration for Timothy Shay Arthur’s Six Nights with the Washingtonians and his Ten Nights in a Bar-Room.

T. S. Arthur was a popular 19th-century American author. He is famously known for his temperance novel Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and What I Saw There(1854), which helped demonize alcohol in the eyes of the American public. His stories, written with compassion and sensitivity articulate and spread values and ideas that were associated with “respectable middle class “ life in America. He also believed greatly in the transformative and restorative power of love as is shown in one of his stories, "An Angel in Disguise".

AA’s cofounder Bill W. learned of the Washingtonians and recognized that their failing was related to lack of a singleness of purpose. He did not want AA to have the same fate which resulted in part with the AA traditions.

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