William Harvey Thompson (“Kinky” Thompson) Violent Prohibition Agent

William Harvey Thompson

Kinky Thompson Prohibition agents during National Prohibition (1920-1933) were widely criticized for using excessive force. And it was against both persons and property. One of the most violent may have been agent William Harvey Thompson of the Seattle, Washington, unit. Thompson’s career illustrates one of the many problems – unprofessional enforcement – that led to …

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Labor’s National Committee for the Modification of the Volstead Act

National Committee for the Modification of the Volstead Act

The American Federation of Labor’s National Committee for the Modification of the Volstead Act was created in January of 1931. The Volstead Act was the law that provided for the implementation of the Eighteenth Amendment that established National Prohibition (1920-1933). Matthew Woll The National Committee for the Modification of the Volstead Act was co-founded and …

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The KKK and the WCTU: Close Partners in Prohibition

Prohibition and Repeal Experiences

The KKK and the WCTU worked closely together to promote and defend alcohol prohibition. The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) shared common interests. They both favored women’s right to vote, Protestantism, and the protection of domesticity. They also shared hostility toward immigrants. For this reason, the two groups cooperated with …

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Mamie Colvin (Mrs. D. Leigh Colvin)Temperance Activist

Mamie Colvin

Mamie Colvin usually called herself Mrs. D. Leigh Colvin. She was born in Westview, Ohio, on June 12, 1883. She was the daughter of Rev. Levi White and Mary Belle (Hudelson) White. Her father had been elected to the New York State Assembly in 1851. Even as a child, Mamie White championed prohibition and won …

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Alcoholic Beverage Nutrition Labels are Needed to Help Consumers

alcoholic beverage nutrition labels

Why aren’t there alcoholic beverage nutrition labels? Other foods and beverages have them. And they’re very helpful to consumers. The TTB The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) controls alcoholic beverage labeling. Therefore, many health and consumer groups have been urging the TTB  to require alcoholic beverage nutrition labels. And they’ve been doing so …

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Lillian Sedwick (WCTU & KKK Leader) Discover Why!

Prohibition and Repeal Experiences

Lillian Sedwick was state head of the Indiana Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). She was also state leader of the Indiana Women of the Ku Klux Klan (WKKK). Sedwick became state head of the Indiana WKKK when she replaced Daisy Douglass Barr. Reverend Barr was another WKKK and WCTU leader As a KKK-supported candidate, Ms. Sedwick …

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The LaMontages Brothers (High Society Bootleggers)

LaMontages brothers

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 and inherited their father’s company. They were also members of exclusive social clubs in Manhattan and Long Island. The brothers were related by …

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Joseph H. Choate, Jr. (Leading Lawyer and Repeal Leader)

Voluntary Committee of Lawyers

Joseph H. Choate, Jr. chaired the Voluntary Committee of Lawyers (VCL), a group of highly influential attorneys established in 1927 that promoted the repeal of National Prohibition (1920-1933). With its urging, the American Bar Association called for Repeal in 1928. Choate and the VCL worked closely with other repeal organizations such as the Women’s Organization …

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