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Re: frederick arthur youmans /Ontario
Posted by: Thomas Glad (ID *****0896) Date: September 02, 2006 at 16:12:44
In Reply to: Re: frederick arthur youmans /Ontario by Patricia Drummond of 631

Letitia Youmans wrote an Autobiography. I once found reference to it online, (I do not have a copy)


Toronto: William Briggs, 1893. 3rd ed of 1st ed, 1893. [xvi, 311+ addendum, portraits on 2 plates & frontispiece] (Autobiography of a woman from Cobourg, then Picton, Ontario, who helped establish the Women's Christian Temperance Union in Canada, w/ an emphasis upon her frontier background & travels to conventions & crusades, introduced by Frances Willard.) Green cloth w/ gold lettering on spine, spine ends slightly worn, covers slightly scuffed, end papers browned w/ tape repair to tear on fron...

Letitia Youmans 1827-1896

A school teacher and devoted mother of a large household, Letitia
Youmans became publicly active in temperance reform in 1874 when she
organized a Women's Christian Temperance Union is Picton. She later
served as the first president of the WCTU of Ontario, and of the federal
organization. (At Glenwood Cemetery where her grave is located, Grove
Street Picton)

At home, Canadian women faced many constraints. One who managed to turn
the stereotype to the advantage of her cause was Letitia Youmans
(1827?96), founder of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Under
Youmans and her co-workers, temperance became a "motherhood" issue,
founded on strong, community-based groups pressing for temperance as a
local option and for a family-oriented moral code that politicians found
hard to ignore. Using an American model, she formed her first group in
her home town of Picton, Ontario, and went on to become president of the
Ontario provincial federation formed in 1878, and of a new, national
union in 1883.

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