The poem's rhetoric encourages readers to guard American virtue against alien debauchers
and their allies, appealing to Anglophobia rather than merely abolitionism, and thus improbably figures a sensationalized intersectional dispute as a conflict with a foreign power.
The husband "goes out confidently and confidently he returns, knowing that whether he is absent or present, she will not let in any adulterers, listen to any debauchers
, attend to any deceivers.
A New York charity worker described the homes of the poor as `nurseries of indolence, debauchers
, and intemperance,' and their inhabitants as the `moral pests of society.
Defenders of liberty in Missouri targeted New England abolitionists, debauchers
of the democratic process, and not Free Soft Westerners, procreators of this greatest and yet most vulnerable of American systems.
I wondered if in its attempt to examine romantic writing in relation to Western culture's struggle with the medical, social, and moral dimensions of alcoholism, whether this book eventually would romanticize the romantic poets as creative revelers and debauchers