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Engraving depicting a crowd gathering around Dr. Kennion's street coffee-urn cart, a good temperance movement in the war against alcohol consumption, circa 1880-1890.

Engraving depicting a crowd gathering around Dr. Kennion's street coffee-urn cart, a good temperance movement in the war against alcohol consumption, circa 1880-1890.

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Definition: The Prohibition Party was formed in 1869 for American political candidates who were in favor of the prohibition of alcohol in the country. The party believed that prohibition could not be achieved nor maintained under the leadership of either the Democratic or Republican parties. Dry candidates ran for local, state and national offices and the parties influence peaked in 1884. In the 1888 and 1892 presidential elections, the Prohibition Party held 2% of the popular vote.

Also Known As: Dry Party

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