By Paul E. Johnson
A quarter-century after its first book, A Shopkeeper's Millennium is still a landmark work--brilliant either as a brand new interpretation of the intimate connections between politics, economic system, and faith through the moment nice Awakening, and as a stunning portrait of a speedily transforming into frontier urban. The spiritual revival that reworked the USA within the 1820s, making it the main militantly Protestant country on the earth and spawning reform activities devoted to temperance and to the abolition of slavery, had an extremely strong impression in Rochester, ny. Paul E. Johnson explores the explanations for the revival's mind-blowing luck there, suggesting very important hyperlinks among its ethical accounting and the city's new commercial global. In a brand new preface, he reassesses his facts and his conclusions during this significant paintings.
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20 The superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League echoed the same sentiments in remarking that "it will not be seriously claimed . . by those well informed, that the prohibition law is not violated throughout the state . . "23 Although cognizant of the enforcement problem, Okla homa's Democratic Fourth Legislature defeated the Cruce proposal. The politicians feared that the power the Governor demanded could be used as a political weapon in the hands of a chief executive anxious to strike at his enemies ; they were not afraid of the proper use of power, but of its possible mis use.
He admitted that the prohi bition law had its violators and often proved expensive, but he urged that the combined efforts to destroy laws that en couraged morality and domestic happiness should not serve as an excuse for a backward step. Haskell opposed the amend ment on both moral and economic grounds. Intemperance, he said, destroyed a man's intelligence and his physical abil ity to support and educate his family, and to discharge his duties as a citizen. Therefore, he reasoned, the liquor traffic went counter to the public welfare.
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