Temperance petition, 1845Item 13253 info
Maine State Archives
This is a temperance petition that was presented to the Maine Legislature in 1845.
It was widely believed that if the manufacture and sale of liquor could be abolished, crime and poverty would disappear from society.
Women were among the most active proponents of legislation to prohibit the use of alcoholic beverages; and by the end of the century Maine had enacted the most stringent anti-liquor laws in the country.