Prohibition: Thirteen Years that Changed America
On the stroke of midnight on January 16, 1920, America went dry. For the next thirteen years the 18th Amendment to the Constitution would specifically deny every citizen the right to buy or sell alcoholic drink. Those thirteen years were to change America forever: instead of regulating social behavior and eliminating the scourge of "the Devil's brew," Prohibition incited Americans to bend or break the law by virtually any means possible.
In these pages, Edward Behr traces the rise of the Temperance movement from Colonial times onward. Indeed, pioneer America was a free-wheeling, hard-drinking country. Whiskey was so plentiful it was often used for legal - and illegal - tender. Throughout the latter half of the nineteenth century and into the early years of the twentieth, various crusading forces, some well-meaning, some hypocritical, were increasingly demanding an end to intemperance and the abolition of all alcoholic beverages. Between 1920 and 1933, they succeeded.
Here is the full, rollicking story of those thirteen years, taking us back to the Jazz Age and its flappers, to the "beautiful and the damned" who drank their lives away in speakeasies; to the Saint Valentine's Day massacre, and to the bootleggers, rumrunners, and high-living gangsters who flagrantly and defiantly flouted the law; to a lady from a Kansas City knitting circle who single-handedly axed a saloon to splinters; to teetotaler Henry Ford's Detroit, where Ford had homes searched to make sure his workers were dry. And, for the first time, Prohibition reveals the full story of George Remus, lawyer turned kingpin of the bootleggers, whose influence reached into the highest echelons of government.
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Review: Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed AmericaUser Review - Tara Godfrey - Goodreads
Very interesting book on prohibition. Makes me want to learn more about the subject and the time period and the cast of characters in the book. Read full review
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The authors purpose of writing this book was to inform readers of the history of prohibition throughout the world, like in Great Britain and mainly in the United States during the 1920s. I think the ... Read full review
One The Good Creature of God
Two Fervor and Fanaticism
Three The Womens War
Four The Lineup
Five Prohibitions First Victims
Six America Goes Dry
Seven The Providers
Eight Harding and the Racketeers
Nine Remus Unravels
Ten The Adventurers
Eleven Prohibition Works
Twelve Prohibition Doesnt Work
Fourteen Remus on Trial
Seventeen The Aftermath