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The Noble Experiment of Prohibition in the U.S.

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President Herbert Hoover’s described Prohibition as “a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.”1 In short, the Noble Experiment of Prohibition. Yet the Noble Experiment of Prohibition in the U.S. failed miserably. Even worse, it not only failed but was counter productive. That is, it was worse than doing nothing. …

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Prohibition Dictionary and Glossary of Prohibition Words

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This Prohibition dictionary and glossary is a guide to terms and groups related to National Prohibition (1920-1933) in the U.S. It does not list people. Alcohol Alcohol refers to ethyl alcohol or ethanol, the type found in alcohol beverages. It is also commonly used to refer to alcohol   beverage in general. The word alcohol …

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The LaMontages Brothers (High Society Bootleggers)

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The LaMontages brothers were high society bootleggers during National Prohibition (1920-1933). There were four brothers – Rene, Montaigu, William and Morgan. High Society The LaMontages brothers were descendants of affluent French vintners. They inherited their father’s company. And they were also members of exclusive social clubs in Manhattan and Long Island. The brothers were related …

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Edward Donegan Bootlegger (Both Smart & Clever)

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Edward Donegan was an odd-job laborer in 1919. But in 1920, he became a millionaire within about four months through his bootlegging scheme. During National Prohibition (1920-1933), beverage alcohol was outlawed. But alcohol for medical and industrial purposes was legal. Wholesale alcohol dealers were legally permitted to obtain alcohol from distilleries and bonded warehouses with …

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