The Board of Temperance Strategy was established 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).
The Board of Temperance Strategy consisted of representatives from an impressive list of 33 major temperance groups.
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Many prominent people had financially supported the Anti-Saloon League. They included John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and Henry Ford. However, many became disillusioned with Prohibition. Not only that, but they publicly called for Repeal. Most of the public agreed.
Therefore, Repeal groups sprang up and quickly grew as public sentiment turned increasingly 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. Specifically, 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 and done so miserably. And most people had come to realize it.
Surprisingly, many people and organizations today support neo-prohibition ideas. They also strongly defend the many remainders of Prohibition that still remain.
Resources on the Board of Temperance Strategy:
- The Association against the Prohibition Amendment.
- The Crusaders
- Labor’s National Committee for the Modification of the Volstead Act
- Moderation League of New York. (Despite its name, this was a nation-wide Repeal organization.)
- Molly Pitcher Club
- Republican Citizens Committee Against National Prohibition.
- United Repeal Council
- Voluntary Committee of Lawyers. See also VCL.
- Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform.
- Women’s Moderation Union