The Prohibition Era

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Infobase Publishing, 2009 - History - 127 pages
With the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, the United States became a 'dry' nation. For the next 13 years, a period now known as Prohibition, the amendment forbade Americans from manufacturing, selling, or transporting alcoholic beverages until its repeal in 1933. In 1920, Prohibition's supporters had confidently looked forward to a bright new era of stronger families, lower crime rates, and increased industrial productivity.Yet, their great social experiment was to prove virtually impossible to enforce. Consequently, although per capita alcohol consumption among Americans declined between 1920 and 1933, tens of millions of citizens, including an unprecedented number of women, imbibed regularly throughout the Prohibition years, swilling gallons of 'bootleg' liquor smuggled in from abroad or concocted in illegal stills. The Prohibition Era examines the social, political, and economic factors that led to the banning of alcohol and its eventual reinstatement as a legal beverage.
 

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Contents

The Prohibition Era America Goes Dry
1
Prohibitions Roots
6
The Prohibition Movement Gains Momentum
20
The Battle for a Prohibition Amendment
36
Defying the Ban Moonshine and Speakeasies
50
Bootleggers Rumrunners and Gangsters
65
The Road to Repeal
81
Prohibitions Legacy
96
Chronology
106
Notes
109
Bibliography
111
Further Reading
113
Photo Credits
114
Index
115
About the Author
120
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Series introduction author Chuck D redefined rap music and hip-hop culture as leader and cofounder of legendary rap group Public Enemy. His music addressed weighty issues about race, rage, and inequality with a jolting combination of intelligence and eloquence rarely heard before. A musician, writer, radio host, television personality, college lecturer, and activist, Chuck D is also the creator of Rapstation.com, a multiformat online resource for the global hip-hop community.

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