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The Women’s Christian Temperance Union is founded by Annie Wittenmyer. Under Frances Willard (1876), the WCTU becomes a force for women’s suffrage, while the liquor lobby frantically works to prevent women’s enfranchisement, fearing that women might use the vote to enact prohibition.

The Michigan chapter of the WCTU formed in Grand Rapids in 1875.

Photo: Eighteenth Amendment League, Your vote will stop them, 1919/1933, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan