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. 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. Of poor health, insanity, violence, immorality, child neglect, and other problems. […]

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 […]

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poll of US adults found that 18% believed drinking should be illegal.(1) It’s been over 80 years since  Prohibition was repealed.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 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

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 and […]

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 […]

Prohibition in Nevada: Nevadans Bet on Prohibition and Lost

Promising Future National Prohibition in Nevada seemed like a sure thing when it began in 1920.  Nevadans had already begun their own statewide prohibition in 1918. There was great support for temperance. Nevada residents had believed that Prohibition would improve health, reduce crime, and raise morality. They thought it would  protect the family, promote prosperity, […]

Prohibition in Washington State was a Disappointing Failure

Prohibition in Washington State seemed to have a bright future. Residents had long supported temperance. They had adopted statewide prohibition in 1916. This was before National Prohibition (1920-1933). But many Washingtonians weren’t going to let others stop them from enjoying a drink. Roy Olmstead Important in helping meet the demand for alcohol was Roy Olmstead. […]

Prohibition in Virginia: Yes, Virginia, Prohibition was a Disaster

Prohibition in Virginia has a long tradition. So many Virginians were opposed to alcohol that they had established state-wide prohibition in 1914. This was well before the country followed suit in 1920.   There was a strong belief in the state that Prohibition would be highly beneficial. That it would lead to less crime, better […]

Prohibition in Minnesota: Optimism Turned Into Despair

Prohibition in Minnesota was welcomed. The state had a long temperance history. It strongly supported National Prohibition (1920-1933) when it began. Volstead Act The National Prohibition Act of 1919 is usually called the Volstead Act. That recognizes Minnesotan Andrew Volstead. It was Volstead who introduced the legislation and oversaw its successful passage through Congress. The […]

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