Category: Repeal

Prohibition Repeal Leaders of the U.S.

The vision of National Prohibition (1920-1933) was a beautiful one. Lower crime, poverty, violence, disease, and premature death. There would be increased prosperity, health, and happiness.  It was unthinkable that a time would ever come when Repeal leaders would emerge to help overturn Prohibition. Unfortunately, the vision promised by prohibitionists was only an illusion. Prohibition …

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Anti-Prohibition Organizations (Wet Groups) Repeal Organizations

In an effort to prevent ratification of the 18th Amendment, some activists had formed anti-Prohibition organizations. (The 18th Amendment established National Prohibition.) Nevertheless, a majority of people supported National Prohibition (1920-1933) when it went into effect. They wanted it to be successful. I. Drys However, Prohibition quickly began creating serious problems. Therefore, Prohibition supporters (drys) wanted …

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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 …

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Prohibition in Tennessee: Good Beginning, Sad Ending

Each state’s Prohibition and Repeal experience was both similar yet unique. Prohibition in Tennessee, along with its repeal, was no exception. Discover Tennessee’s experience with both. I. Prohibition in Tennessee 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 …

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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 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, …

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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 Iowa: Iowans wanted It to Work

I. Outlook was Bright Prohibition in Iowa seemed destined for success.  The state had led the way to Prohibition. It was one of the three most strongly pro-Prohibition states in the union. It had its own state-wide prohibition in 1916. That was four years before National Prohibition. It was also the home of several national …

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