In the early 1800's, families struggled to stay together as a result of alcohol abuse. This story explains the growth of the tempereance movement, specifically in Massachusetts in 1813.
You better get your act together or I'm leaving you and bringing Tommy with me!
Eh, who cares if Jessica is mad? I deserve this after a long hard day.
Many men would leave work and go to a bar before heading home. At the bars, they would drink alcohol so extensively, that they would become dangerously intoxicated.
Yeah, you tell her!
Shut up you lousy woman!
Many men and some women became abusive towards their families and loved ones while they were intoxicated.
Stop it! You're scaring Tommy!
Families had no choice but to kick out their intoxicated loved ones for fear the abuse would be permenant.
Please Jessica! You can't do this! I'm sorry!
I have to. This is what's best for me and Tommy, since you've become dangerous.
By 1833, there were 6,000 societies strengthening the Temperance Movement in the U.S. Abused families joined the protests in hopes of stopping alcohol abuse.
There is an easy solution to stop the abuse.
We don't deserve abuse!
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.