Déjà Vu All Over Again
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This chapter provides the New Temperance by situating it in the American historical tradition that, during the twentieth centuries, marked off the "respectable classes" from the poor, the lowlife, and the disreputable. In particular, the "behavior wars" of the last two decades most resemble the period from about 1870 through World War First in American history. The Temperance Movement and the Anti-Cigarette Movement dramatically parallel battles over drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol. The three other historical movements—the Social Purity Movement, the Vice and Vigilance Movement, and the Social Hygiene Movement—roughly parallel movements focused on chastity and teen sex, promiscuity, child sexual abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and censorship in art, media, and popular culture. Temperance became a popular movement by the latter part of the century, not only a powerful political movement with hundreds of active chapters but also a major cultural presence involving the production of popular plays, songs, and novels.