This page features information about alcoholism and the history of
Anonymous as well as some other information of interest to me. This is not
intended to be an extensive historical site. Rather, this site will present some of the lesser known or less readily available historical information about alcoholism and A.A.
This site has no affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous or any other organization related to alcoholism or its treatment.
An 1878 View of the Washingtonians The Washingtonians had all but disappeared when this temperance writer wrote about the Washingtonian Movement. Predating A.A., its rise was meteoric--and so was its downfall.
An Early Guide to the Twelve Steps Before we had the "12 by 12" this little booklet was used as a study guide by many groups. A later, expanded version was published until quite recently.
Chronic Alcoholism A description of a bizarre approach to the treatment of alcoholism which was practiced in 1941. Bizarre, that is, from our current perspective.
The April, 1950 Jack Alexander Article The Saturday Evening Post published a second, glowing article about Alcoholics Anonymous. Coming just fifteen years after the founding of A.A., this article is a fascinating snapshot of the early days of the Fellowship.
The 1964 Saturday Evening Post Article Criticizing A.A. The January 1963 issue of Harpers carried an article which harshly criticized A.A. This was only the first of several articles which appeared in national magazines in 1963 and 1964--including this one in the"Post". As a result, A.A. took its own inventory at the 1963 General Service Conference