“… their Christian practices and their temperance work? How did denominational differences affect Native American women’s activities within the WCTU? ”
Funding from the Louisville Institute will be used to cover an academic year sabbatical in 2017-2018 from Nazareth College of Rochester to complete a book-length manuscript on the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in Indian Country between 1873 and 1933. A portion of the sabbatical will be used to travel to archives that contain the state-level WCTU records in the western states. [See Timeline/Work Plan Chart]. These archival stops will be the final steps in a research project conducted over the last five years, which largely consisted of reading the microfilmed national WCTU records and archival materials in state WCTU collections in New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, the Frances Willard Archives in Evanston, IL, along with the relevant secondary materials. The majority of the sabbatical will be used to write the manuscript, the research for which has largely been completed. Ultimately, this book will present a comprehensive look at an almost always ignored element of Native American Christianity--temperance--and its connection to the broader, mainstream temperance movements in the United States.