Category: Repeal

Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform

Organization for National Prohibition Reform

 Pauline Morton Sabin founded the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR) in 1929. She had earlier been a staunch supporter of National Prohibition (1920-1933). However, over time she came to realize that the social experiment was ineffective. In addition, she saw that was causing many very serious problems. In short, it was worse than …

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The Crusaders (Influential Prohibition Repeal Group)

crusaders

Business leader Fred G. Clark founded The Crusaders in 1929. National Prohibition (1920-1933) was causing many very serious problems. They included bootlegging, gangerstism, and rampant violence. Fred Clark was appalled at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago. Rivalry among competing bootlegging gangsters led to that horrible massacre. The group didn’t work at the national …

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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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Association Against the Prohibition Amendment

Association Against the Prohibition Amendment

Naval Captain William H. Stayton established the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment in 1918. He did so in an unsuccessful effort to prevent the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That amendment established National Prohibition (1920-1933). However, the Association grew dramatically after Prohibition. That was because Prohibition caused very serious problems. The Association Against the …

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