Category: Repeal

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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Prohibition in Arkansas Began Well, Ended Badly

I. Prohibition Welcomed Prohibition in Arkansas was welcomed when it began in 1920. Temperance sentiment had been strong in Arkansas even before statehood in 1836. The state permitted local option in 1855. This enabled counties and municipalities to have their own prohibition. Many chose to do so. The prohibition movement grew steadily after the Civil …

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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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Prohibition in Missouri: A Disappointing Disaster

Great Hope for Prohibition National Prohibition in Missouri began with great hope. Most Missourians had supported it. They believed that outlawing alcohol would increase prosperity, improve health, and lower crime. That it would decrease violence, protect the family, and improve morality. They would soon be proven terribly wrong. Before Prohibition, St. Louis alone was the …

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Prohibition in Indiana and Its Repeal: The Real Story

The story of Prohibition in Indiana is fascinating. I. Prohibition: Bright Beginning National Prohibition began in 1920. Many Hoosiers thought it would lower crime, improve health, and decrease accidents. That it would lead to prosperity, protect young people, and raise public morals. Celebrations were held across the state and famous evangelist Billy Sunday visited. He …

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