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Thomas Augst
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2009)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2004 – 5/31/2005

The Sobriety Test: Temperance, Manhood, and the Melodramas of Citizenship

This project will produce the first comprehensive study of the ways in which nineteenth-century temperance literature altered early American ideals of masculinity and, in the process, helped to define institutions, practices, and values of modern liberalism. It will survey portrayals of temperance and drinking in fiction, drama, silent film, and the lecture hall from approximately 1830 to 1920, and examine their relationship to social conduct and to emerging conceptions of responsibility and pathology in law, welfare policy, and the emerging social sciences. Through empirical research on popular leisure and mass culture, The Sobriety Test will demonstrate that temperance melodrama helped to make rational self-control integral to the performance of citizenship.