Anti-Prohibition Groups (Wet Groups) Repeal Groups

Ratification of the 18th Amendment would mean National Prohibition. Some activists opposed it. They formed anti-Prohibition groups.

Yet a majority of people supported National Prohibition (1920-1933) when it went into effect. They wanted it to succeed.


I.   Drys

II.  Wets

III. Prohibition Problems

IV.  Resources

I. Drys

anti-prohibition organizationsBut Prohibition quickly began creating serious problems. Therefore, Prohibition supporters (drys) wanted to de-emphasize the growing opposition to the Noble Experiment.

For instance, Ella Boole was head of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). She made a bold assertion to Congress. She shouted “I speak for the women of America.” Thus, she implied that all women in the country agreed with the WCTU. And that they supported Prohibition.

II. Wets

On the other hand, was anti-Prohibition (wet) US Rep. George Tinkham. He wanted to stress that many people strongly opposed it. Early in Prohibition he called Anti-Saloon League leader Wayne Wheeler. He was to testify before a House committee.

There he compelled Wheeler to read aloud a list of anti-Prohibition groups. There were already many. And opposition would grow over time. So did the number of groups favoring Repeal. They included the following.

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Pauline Sabin, head of WONPR.

Be sure to visit Repeal Groups.

III. Prohibition Problems (Promoted Anti-Prohibition Groups)

With the passage of time, the serious problems caused by Prohibition increased. Crime went up. Violence increased. Corruption spread. Deaths from toxic moonshine skyrocketed. Binge drinking became common. Tax revenues dropped. Criminal justice expenses rose. Respect for law declined. And the list went on.

The promises of Prohibition went unfilled. But the serious unintended results quickly grew. Opposition to Prohibition mushroomed. It culminated in Repeal.

IV. Resources: Anti-Prohibition Groups