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The Pure Food, Drink, and Drug Crusaders, 1879-1914 Lorine Swainston Goodwin

The Pure Food, Drink, and Drug Crusaders, 1879-1914

Lorine Swainston Goodwin

Published August 1st 1999
ISBN : 9780786406180
Hardcover
352 pages
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Under a likeness of President Theodore Roosevelt in the Library of Congress, a plaque lists the Pure Food and Drink Law of 1906 as one of the three landmark achievements of his administration. Few authorities would disagree. Designed to ensure theMoreUnder a likeness of President Theodore Roosevelt in the Library of Congress, a plaque lists the Pure Food and Drink Law of 1906 as one of the three landmark achievements of his administration. Few authorities would disagree. Designed to ensure the safety of foods, drinks and drugs, the law was one of the first pieces of social legislation enacted in the United States. Among the most enthusiastic and persistent crusaders for the bills passage were a wide array of womens groups, many politically active for the first time.Based in large part on primary sources, this work examines the many groups involved in the passage of the Pure Food and Drink Law and how their work affected American society. Part One examines the origins of the movement and why women became so involved. Part Two focuses on the primary groups involved in the laws passage, such as the National Womans Christian Temperance Union and the General Federation of Womens Clubs. How it was that such diverse groups rallied around this issue is also explored. The industrial and political opposition to the law and how the crusaders overcame it is covered in Part Three, along with details on how the laws proponents were able to pressure the U.S. Congress into passing it and how they worked to see it fully implemented.