MG 145 - Local Option Committee, Eastern Division

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Scope and Content

Consists of papers printed by the Local Option Committee concerning the sale of intoxicating liquors without license and the cost to the county of the license system; a paper on a discussion of "Local Option" with opinions of members of the House of Representatives; an address by Rev. Dr. Robinson in March, 1873, "Social Liberty and the Liquor Traffic;" and a booklet titled, "Plain Talks on Temperance, Freedom, and Politics," published in 1876 which discusses all aspects of the social problem of intoxicating liquors and its consequences.


"Local Option" was an act to permit the electors of the city of Philadelphia and of each county in the Commonwealth to vote every three years on the question of granting licenses to sell intoxicating liquors. The legislature passed the bill in 1872 with a supplement in 1873. The years that followed brought forth a great deal of discussion and maneuvering by the factions for and against "Local Option."

Date(s): 1872-1876

Extent: 2 folders, 4 enclosures