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The Temperance Movement and the Working Class in Nineteenth Century British Society

Abstract : This research work will present the contribution of the temperance movement in the struggle of the English working class in terms of civil rights from 1830s. That period stood for the creation of the social movement against alcohol consumption and also the beginning of the British working-class protest. The latter attempted to improve working condition through union and to obtain rights such as enfranchisement. A popular enthusiasm grew in urban areas among the workers to improve their social status as well as their living standard. This enthusiasm may reflect the formation of a political working-class consciousness which emanated from Chartism. The temperance movement may have contributed to its social, political and cultural emancipation by emphasizing on moderation or even abstinence from alcoholic beverages. Values advocated by the temperance movement such as self-control and moral conduct may have raised awareness and taught the basics of a successful and free life. In other words, the temperance movement may have enabled the working class to emancipate from traditions and prejudices regarding alcohol.
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Marie Elisabeth Lebon. The Temperance Movement and the Working Class in Nineteenth Century British Society. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2020. ⟨dumas-03264376⟩



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