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Quotation by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
I believe that the miseries consequent on the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors are so great as imperiously to command the attention of all dedicated lives; and that while the abolition of American slavery was numerically first, the abolition of the liquor traffic is not morally second.
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844–1911), U.S. novelist and short story writer. Chapters from a Life, ch. 12 (1897).
Phelps worked for temperance. Prohibition would be enacted in 1920 when the 18th Amendment to the Constitution took effect, then abolished in 1933 by the 21st Amendment.
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