- Did the WCTU have any effect on grass roots political efforts?
- Did the the movement have any effect on women in politics?
- Did the temperance movement facilitate action on other social causes?
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One of the major, lasting changes stemming from the temperance movement was the outlawing of prostitution in almost all US states. Prior to the 20th century, prostition was allowed, to various degrees, in the various states.
The temperance movement was not just anti-alcohol, but also anti-"vice" and pro-health. They supported a number of causes, including women's suffrage, anti-child labor, and public sanitation.
They saw alcohol as a particularly pernicious vice, and their work was a major factor in driving US prohibition, and therefore that winds up being what they are most remembered for. But anti-alcohol wasn't the only thing, nor even the biggest thing, on their agenda.