Category: Repeal

Voluntary Committee of Lawyers (Promoted Repeal of National Prohibition)

Voluntary Committee of Lawyers

There have been two organizations called the Voluntary Committee of Lawyers. I. The First A group of highly influential lawyers formed the first Voluntary Committee of Lawyers (VCL) in 1927. Its goal was to promote Repeal of National Prohibition (1920-1933).  Joseph H. Choate, Jr. headed the group. Its corporate charter stated three things. The Eighteenth Amendment …

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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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Women’s Moderation Union (Promoted Repeal of National Prohibition)

Women's Moderation Union

M. Louise Gross founded and headed the Women’s Moderation Union. This helped belie the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union‘s (WCTU) insistence that it spoke for American women. The president of the WCTU had shouted in testimony before Congress that she spoke for all American women. That was in an effort to enhance her political power. Gross …

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The Crusaders (Influential Prohibition Repeal Group)

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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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Labor’s National Committee for the Modification of the Volstead Act

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The American Federation of Labor’s National Committee for the Modification of the Volstead Act was created in January of 1931. The Volstead Act was the law that provided for the implementation of the Eighteenth Amendment that established National Prohibition (1920-1933). Matthew Woll The National Committee for the Modification of the Volstead Act was co-founded and …

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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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Anti-Prohibition Congress (Caused Great Controversy: Discover Why)

Anti-Prohibition Congress

The Anti-Prohibition Congress was held in Brussels in 1922.  Politicians from Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland attended. The Congress was viewed as a threat to National Prohibition in the U.S. which, at the time, had been in existence less than two years. See Also Puritans to Prohibition Prohibition: …

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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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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 …

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Taxes and Prohibition: Taxes and Repeal (Effects of Taxes & Sources)

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Taxes and Prohibition of alcohol were related. But ironically, so were taxes and Repeal. Here’s what happened. I. Background 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 …

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