Anti-saloon extralegal violence (article)

“‘To Make War against the Whiskey Ring’: Anti-Saloon Sentiment and Extralegal Violence in Southwest Indiana, 1874-1875,” by Randy Mills Indiana Magazine of History, Sept. 2015.

In 1875, temperance supporter William Cockrum and an anti-saloon mob destroyed Andrew Evans’s Oakland, Indiana, saloon: in retaliation, Cockrum’s home was firebombed. Looking at the darker side of the temperance movement, historian Randy Mills explores Cockrum’s motives for embracing violence as a moral weapon. He also offers a broader view of the temperance movement in Indiana, including the anti-Catholic and anti-German rhetoric that often characterized the movement.

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