The Temperance Movement in the Ottawa, Canada Region in the Mid 19th Century



September 4, 2015:

Noel's thesis (see Source below)is that the successful temperance campaigns of
the 1840s, during which it is estimated that between one-quarter
and one-third of the Upper Canadian population accepted
the teetotal pledge, with something close to that in the Maritimes,
were fueled by the simultaneous growth of evangelicalism
and the formation of a new middle class. Between 1820
and 1867, she finds two distinct stages: an early phase, culminating
around 1850, during which temperance was promoted
and sustained by religious revivalism, and a second, more secular
phase, in which temperance was championed by Victorian
improvers of various stripes as a means of developing a stable
workforce to support their middle-class aspirations. Where the
movement's first stage was lead by Utopian revivalists, the second
saw the accession of "gentlemen" prohibitionists who
drank moderately, and whose main complaint about alcohol
was its corrosive effect on the work ethic. In sum, she argues,
"temperance followed a pattern common to many movements: it
started out small, pure and fiery, and became less so!" (p. 12)

Source: Noel, Janet, Canada Dry: Temperance Crusades Before Confederation, Toronto: University of 
Toronto Press, 1995, ISBN  9780802069764310 - pages as reviewed by Sharon Anne Cook, Faculty of Education, 
University of Ottawa at http://www.erudit.org/revue/uhr/1997/v25/n2/1016075ar.pdf
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New September 4, 2015:

Here is a quote from page 9 of Jan Noel's book:

Quotation from book by Jan Noel: Canada Dry
A Branch of the Catholic Total Abstinence Society of Richmond commenced 1 May 1842 by the Reverend Terence Smith, Parish Priest. The whole of the names below enrolled belong to and attend the Richmond Church (St. Philip's). The list includes the names of 478 parishioners who signed the pledge here in 1842. I have a list of all 478 names (not listed here, but I'll do look-ups). The signatories include many of the Roman Catholic settlers who were granted land when the 99th / 100th Regiment of Foot was disbanded in 1818, some of the 1823 Peter Robinson settlers and some signors of the 1829 McCabe List. ... Al
New September 15, 2015: On the other side of the ledger, the sale of alcholic beverages was a major economic engine engine in Ottawa and the Valleys. Large quntities of rum were imported from the West Indies and through Montreal to supply local licenced taverns.

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