Cora F. Stoddard

Cora Stoddard was a leading proponent of temperance and National Prohibition of alcoholic beverages and served for 30 years as the head of the Scientific Temperance Federation.

Ms. Stoddard was the personal secretary of Mary Hunt, Head of the Department of Scientific Temperance Instruction in Schools and Colleges at the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), who died in 1906.

Legal arrangements that Mary Hunt had made to conceal the income from her "voluntary" temperance work clouded ownership of her estate. This led to the creation of the Scientific Temperance Federation. Cora Stoddard was selected to head the new organization, which she did until her death in 1936.

Because of the substantial fortune that Mary Hunt had amassed in her control over the approval of temperance education textbooks used in every state, the resulting large endowment of the Scientific Temperance Federation enabled it to engage in a wide variety of activities to promote the temperance movement and prohibition.

Under Cora Stoddard's leadership, the Federation was a major promoter of temperance and prohibition It is probably best known for its innovative "Education on Wheels" project that took temperance education directly to people at their homes and farms.

Like most temperance advocates, Ms. Stoddard failed to distinguish between alcohol and alcoholism. And, like most, she also opposed the concept of drinking in moderation.

Upon her death in 1936 at the age of 64, an entire issue of the Scientific Temperance Journal was devoted to memorializing her and her achievements on behalf of temperance and prohibition.

Cora Stoddard's work was not in vain. Even today many people and organizations today support neo-prohibition ideas and strongly defend the many vestiges of Prohibition that continue to exist.

 

Publications about Cora Stoddard

  • Cora Frances Stoddard. (Memorial issue) Scientific Temperance Journal, 1936, 44(2).
  • Cora Frances Stoddard. Notable American Women 1607-1950, Vol. 3 (Belnap, 1971), 380-381.
  • Cora Frances Stoddard. American Reformers (H.W. Wilson, 1985), 773-774
  • Cora Frances Stoddard. American National Biography, Vol 20 (Oxford University Press, 1999), 816-817.

Selected Publications by Cora F. Stoddard

  • Cora F. Stoddard and American Temperance Federation papers. New York Public Library. http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/spe/rbk/faids/scientifictemp.pdf
  • Cora F. Stoddard. 2.75 Per Cent -- Toxic Effects of Weak Alcoholic Liquors. Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company, 1924.
  • Emma Transeau and Cora F. Stoddard. Alcohol in Every-Day Life. Boston: Scientific Temperance Federation, 1913.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Alcohol in Experience and Experiment. Evanston, IL: National Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1931.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Alcoholic mortality in the United States. Scientific Temperance Journal, 1927.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Alcohol's Ledger in Industry. Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company, 1914.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. The Appeal to Youth. Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company, 1924.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. More Massachusetts Records and Prohibition. Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company, 1925.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. The Eighteenth Amendment Speaks. Boston: Scientific Temperance Foundation, 1927.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Wet and Dry Massachusetts. Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company, 1922.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. The Teacher's Part in the Anti-Alcohol Movement. Boston: Scientific Temperance Foundation, 1927.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Has Prohibition Increased Drug Addiction? A Preliminary Study. Westerville, OH: Temperance Education Foundation, 1920.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. What of the Drink Cures? Westerville, OH: World League Against Alcoholism, 1922.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. More Facts about 2.75 Per Cent Alcoholic Beverages. Evanston, IL: National W.C.T.U. Publishing House, 1924.
  • Cora F. Stoddard and Rufus W. Miller. Temperance Facts: Six Lessons on Educational Temperance. Philadelphia, PA: National Temperance Union, 1916.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Why America Went Dry. Evanston, IL: Dept. of Scientific Investigation [i.e. Instruction] of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1924.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Why Alcoholic Liquors are Harmful. Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company, 1929.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Massachusetts' Experience with Exempting Beer from Prohibition. Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company, 1919.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Where Stands the Question of Prohibition and Drug Addiction in the United States: A Second Study. Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company, 1923.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. The Death Rate Under Prohibition. Westerville, OH: Dept. of Education, Publicity and Research, 1930.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Up and at It. Evanston, Ill., National W.C.T.U. Pub. House, between 1920 and 1933.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. The Man at the Wheel. Evanston, lL: Signal Press, 192-.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Reaching People Where They are by Store Window Exhibits. Boston, Mass., Scientific Temperance Foundation, 191-.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Social Service in the Temperance Reformation. Boston, Scientific Temperance Foundation, 1910.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. What if --. Westerville, OH: American issue Publishing Company, 1928.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. The Developing Children of the Nation. Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company, 191-.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Building the Prohibition Structure. Evanston, lL: National W.C.T.U. Publishing House, between 1920 and 1933.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Shall We Teach "Moderation"? Evanston, IL: National W.C.T.U. Publishing House, 1934.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Is there Harm in Drinking? Evanston, IL: National W.C.T.U. Publishing House, 1934.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Drink and the Delinquent Child. Westerville, OH: American issue Publishing Company, 191-.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Prohibition and Youth. Boston: Scientific Temperance Federation, 1926.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. It was Like That. Evanston, IL: National W.C.T.U. Publishing House, 1926.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Wine a Peril to Childhood. Boston: Scientific Temperance Foundation, 1908.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Undergirding Law Enforcement. Evanston, IL: National W.C.T.U. Publishing House, between 1920 and 1933.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Are School Children Drinking? Westerville, OH: American issue Publishing Company, 1924.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. State Experience with Exempting Beer from Prohibition. Westerville, OH: American issue Publishing Company, 1926.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. The Immediate Future of the Prohibition Movement. Westerville, OH: American issue Publishing Company, 1927.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Visual Education against Alcoholism. Westerville, OH: American issue Publishing Company, 1921.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Temperance Day Programs for Upper and Lower Grades and High School Students, Selected and Arranged. Evanston, IL: National W.C.T.U. Publishing House, 1927.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. End-results of Drink Under Prohibition. Westerville, OH: American issue Publishing Company, 1921.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. On to Victory: Law Observance Programs for Sunday Schools and Young People's Meetings. Westerville, OH: Eduation Department. Anti-Saloon League of America, 1928.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Shall I Drink? Practical Issues Raised by Modern Facts about Alcohol. Chicago, IL: Religious Education Association, 1931.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Our One Hundred and Thirty-Five Years of Temperance Struggle. Evanston, IL: National W.C.T.U. Publishing House, 1920.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Intoxicating in Fact. Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company, 1930.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. How Prohibition Came to the United States. Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company, 1920.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. The Live Baby that Counts. Westerville, OH: American issue Publishing Company, 1918.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Scientific Temperance Instruction in the Schools of the United States. Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company, 1920.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. History of Scientific Temperance Instruction. Evanston, IL: National W.C.T.U. Publishing House, 193-..
  • Cora F. Stoddard. How to Work for Scientific Temperance Instruction. Evanston, IL: National W.C.T.U. Publishing House, 1933.
  • Cora F. Stoddard and James Russell Lowell. They Shall not Repeal. Providence, RI: Rhode Island Anti-Saloon League, 1928.
  • Cora F. Stoddard. Prohibition in Massachusetts in 1922. Westerville, OH: American issue Publishing Company, 1923.

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