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Prohibition: A Case Study of Progressive Reform
The Temperance Army

During the late 19th century, advocates of temperance and prohibition of alcoholic beverages enlisted a number of people and skills in their work. The following song lyrics, from Music for the Nation, 1870-1885, is just one of many examples illustrating temperance songs. The following titles are also illustrative: The Temperance Cause is Growing; Temperance Crusader, or Mother's Out Praying; Hurrah for Temperance. What was this song saying to its listeners? What images does it develop?

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1. Now the temp'rance army's marching,
With the christian's armor on;
Love our motto, Christian Captain,
Prohibition is our song!

Chorus:
Yes, the temp'rance army's marching,
And will march forevermore,
And our triumph shall be sounded,
Round the world from shore to shore,
Marching on, Marching on forevermore,
And our triumph shall be sounded,
Round the world from shore to shore.

2. Now the temp'rance army's marching,
Firm and steady in our tread;
See! the mothers they are leading,
Marching boldly at the head.

Chorus

3. Now the temp'rance army's marching,
Wives and Sisters in the throng;
Shouting, "Total Prohibition,"
As we bravely march along.

Chorus
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