In the early 1800's, families struggle to stay together as a result of alcohol abuse. This story explains the growth of the temperance movement, specifically in Massachusetts in 1813.
The work day is finally over, I am going to head to the bar before I get home.
Many men would leave work and go to a bar before heading home. Here they would drink so extensively, that they would become intoxicated.
I should get home soon, but a few drinks won't hurt!
Many men and some women became abusive towards their families and loved ones.
It was just a few drinks. I'm fine. How dare you yell at me!
Where were you! You look terrible.
Families had no choice but to kick out their intoxicated loved ones for their safety. They did not want to risk being abused.
I can't believe she's kicking me out!
By 1833, there were 6,000 societies strengthening the Temperance Movement in the U.S. Abused families joined the protest in hopes of stopping alcohol abuse.
We have to stand together and ban alcohol!
The Temperance Movement made a temporary change by ratifying the 18th Amendment in 1919, which banned intoxicating liquors until 1933, when the 21st Amendment ended the ban. By the mid-1800s, the American Temperance Movement Society, a group against alcohol abuse, had grown to include over 200,000 people.