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Library of Congress George Cruikshank

Moderation in or abstinence from the use of alcoholic beverages. During the 19th and early 20th centuries around the world, temperance movements criticized alcohol use, promoted complete abstinence and pressured governments to enact anti-alcohol legislation.
This illustration was published between 1830 and 1840. It is titled "Alcohol Death and the Devil" and shows a Medusa with a skeletal head and a goblet of wine, the Devil behind, encouraging a crowd to drink. The artist was a supporter of the Temperance Movement in Great Britain.

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