Manhood Lost: Fallen Drunkards and Redeeming Women in the Nineteenth-Century United States

In fiction, drama, poems, and pamphlets, nineteenth century reformers told the familiar tale of the decent young man who fell victim to demon rum Robbed of his manhood by his first drink, he slid inevitably into an abyss of despair and depravity In its discounting of the importance of free will, argues Elaine Frantz Parsons, this story led to increased emphasis on enviroIn fiction, drama, poems, and pamphlets, nineteenth century reformers told the familiar tale of the decent young man who fell victim to demon rum Robbed of his manhood by his first drink, he slid inevitably into an abyss of despair and depravity In its discounting of the importance of free will, argues Elaine Frantz Parsons, this story led to increased emphasis on environmental influences as root causes of drunkenness, poverty, and moral corruption thus inadvertently opening the door to state intervention in the form of Prohibition.Parsons also identifies the emergence of a complementary narrative of female invasion womanhood as a moral force powerful enough to sway choice As did many social reformers, women temperance advocates capitalized on notions of feminine virtue and domestic responsibilities to create a public role for themselves Entering a distinctively male space the saloon to rescue fathers, brothers, and sons, women at the same time began to enter another male bastion politics again justifying their transgression in terms of rescuing the nation s manhood.
Manhood Lost Fallen Drunkards and Redeeming Women in the Nineteenth Century United States In fiction drama poems and pamphlets nineteenth century reformers told the familiar tale of the decent young man who fell victim to demon rum Robbed of his manhood by his first drink he slid inev

  • Title: Manhood Lost: Fallen Drunkards and Redeeming Women in the Nineteenth-Century United States
  • Author: Elaine Frantz Parsons
  • ISBN: 9780801892561
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Manhood Lost: Fallen Drunkards and Redeeming Women in the Nineteenth-Century United States”

    1. This book was written by one of my professors at Duquesne University. It is a good book if you want to see what women went through while their husbands were out drinking.

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