Category: Repeal

Repeal Trivia: Trivia about the Repeal of Federal Alcohol Prohibition

Repeal trivia is fun. But before we get to the trivia, here’s a little background. I. Background By 1900, millions of people in the U.S. believed that drinking alcohol was a national tragedy. They thought alcohol was the cause of unemployment, poverty, crime, and divorce. Also of poor health, insanity, violence, immorality, child neglect, and […]

Taxes and Prohibition: Taxes and Repeal (Effects of Tax Revenue & Its Sources on Prohibition & Repeal)

Taxes and Prohibition of alcohol were related. But ironically, so were taxes and Repeal. Here’s what happened. The Story. There were two major sources of federal government revenue for much of U.S. history. One was customs duties on imported products. The other was taxes on alcoholic beverages. About 30 to 40% of the government’s revenue came […]

Alcohol History Dates: Is One Your Birthday? Anniversary?

Alcohol history dates are listed for events related to drinking in the U.S. The date of your birthday or anniversary isn’t listed? No problem. Resources for identifying other alcohol history dates are at the end of the list. Enjoy! Alcohol History Dates January in Alcohol History Jan. 1, 1801. The U.S. Federal duty on distilled […]

Prohibition Supported by Almost One in Five Americans Today

Prohibition Supported? Prohibition supported by almost one in five adults……today? No legal beer, wine or spirits? Yes, tens of millions of people in the U.S. favor Prohibition. A CNN nation-wide poll of US adults found that 18% believed drinking should be illegal.(1) It’s been over 80 years since  Prohibition was repealed. Prohibition was a complete […]

Prohibition Laws and Repeal Laws in the U.S.

That’s why TThe most obvious prohibition laws and repeal laws relate to National Prohibition (1920-1933). They are the 18th Amendment establishing it and the 21st Amendment repealing it. However, there are many more prohibition and repeal laws. Some are federal and others are state laws. I. Prohibition Laws Eighteenth Amendment The 18th Amendment had only […]

Anti-Prohibition Organizations (Wet Groups)

A majority of people supported National Prohibition (1920-1933) when it went into effect. But even then, many people strongly opposed it. Earlier, in an effort to prevent ratification of the 18th Amendment, some activists had formed anti-Prohibition organizations. (The 18th was the Prohibition amendment.) I. Drys Prohibition supporters (drys) wanted to de-emphasize the extent of anti-prohibition opposition […]

Prohibition in Idaho Caused Serious Problems

I. Promising Future Prohibition in Idaho had a promising future at first. Idahoans had long supported temperance. They had approved state-wide prohibition in 1916. They then ratified National Prohibition. It began in 1920. People widely thought that Prohibiting would have beneficial effects. It would reduce crime, improve health, and decrease violence. They thought it would […]

Prohibition in Tennessee: Good Beginning, Sad Ending

Prohibition Welcomed Prohibition in Tennessee was welcomed. Temperance had a long history in the state. By 1907 the sale of alcohol was prohibited throughout most of Tennessee. Ten years later state-wide prohibition occurred. It became illegal for anyone to possess any alcoholic beverage. The popularity of National Prohibition in Tennessee reflected the fact that most […]

Prohibition in West Virginia was Popular but Doomed to Failure

I. Prohibition Popular at First Prohibition in West Virginia was popular at first.  West Virginians had long favored outlawing alcoholic beverages. They created state-wide prohibition in 1914. Residents widely supported National Prohibition in 1920. They thought it would improve health, increase safety, and reduce crime and violence. That it would improve the economy, raise morality […]

Prohibition in New Hampshire: Dream to Nightmare

Prohibition in New Hampshire was embraced by most residents. Temperance Popular Temperance had long been influential in New Hampshire. Although it was later reversed, the state had established state-wide prohibition years before the Civil War. After the war, U.S. Congressman Henry Blair of New Hampshire introduced a prohibition amendment to the Constitution. It was the […]

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