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Temperance was the beginning of the movement to ban alcohol which would later lead to prohibition in the early 1900's. Many people were getting drunk especially workers. Workers would crowd into bars after work and by the time they were back in the factories some would be drunk which would effect their productivity while working. This upset factory owners since their production would go down which is a reason they were apart of the temperance movement.
Excessively drinking alcohol led to issues in families. Many times fathers who brought home the money would get drunk and spend a great deal of their paycheck on alcohol. Drunk husbands would go home and abuse their family. This was a reason for children and women to oppose alcohol and call for temperance.
I think I might be coming down with the flu, my nose has been runny all day.
Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential transcendentalists. He was known for spending a bit over two years in the woods reconnecting with nature and isolating himself from society. Thoreau built himself a log cabin, too. He felt that people needed to learn more simplistic lifestyles.
Thoreau ended up serving jail time after refusing to pay taxes. Not only did he see it as conforming to the government but he also knew that the money would go towards funding the Mexican-American war. Thoreau knew that if we were to win the war then that would mean more slave states which he stood against.
Due to the lack of medical advancements at this time, doctors were unable to diagnose illnesses properly. Therefore, people would get put into insane asylums even if they had the common cold because doctors couldn't explain it yet. As a result, people who were just sick and needed medicine were put into the same place as those mentally unstable and criminals.
Must be possessed by the devil.
The conditions inside of the asylums were horrible. There was no heating so the place was freezing and the "patients" were locked up in cages. There were no regulations regarding their rights or safety so the workers would beat and starve the people.
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