Ken Burns series is back on PBS tonight so this topic is fresh on my mind.
We have all heard the stories in the IFB about how one drink of demon alcohol will lead one down the path to distruction. Many of us have heard the story of the broken home and one of the most poignant is the story of the little girl who goes to the saloon to plead with her father to come home and he ends up killing her. Chick made a tract with basically the same story.
Ken Burns tracked down what I believe are the origins of the story. You can read the book online here: “Ten Nights in a Barroom and what I saw there.” by T.S. Arthur
There was a propaganda film produced in 1909 by the same name and a remake in 1931. Watch the 1931 version here.
It’s interesting how the IFB has perpetuated the propaganda of the Temperance and the Anti-Saloon movements for over 100 years.