Board of Temperance Strategy (Fought to Prevent Repeal)

The Board of Temperance Strategy was formed 1930 by the Anti-Saloon League. It was a “last ditch” effort to coordinate resistance to the growing public demand for Repeal. That is, to repeal National Prohibition (1920-1933).

Board of Temperance StrategyOpposition to Prohibition had been rising in the late 1920s. That’s because more and more people thought it was causing many serious problems.

The Board of Temperance Strategy consisted of representatives from 33 major temperance groups.

Many prominent people had financially supported the Anti-Saloon League. They included John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and Henry Ford. But many became disillusioned with Prohibition. Not only that, but they publicly called for Repeal. Most of the public agreed.

So Repeal groups sprang up and quickly grew. Public sentiment turned more and more against Prohibition. See list below.

The Democratic Party platform in the 1932 election included an anti-prohibition plank. In addition, Franklin Roosevelt ran for the presidency promising Repeal.

Repeal occurred on December 5, 1933. The popular vote for Repeal was three to one. It was 74% in favor and 26% opposed. In fact, only two states opposed Repeal.

Neither the Anti-Saloon nor the Board of Temperance Strategy had failed. Prohibition had failed. It failed miserably. And most people had come to realize it.

Many people and groups today support neo-prohibition!