Category: Repeal

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. …

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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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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. I. 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. …

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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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Prohibition in New Jersey: Its Rise and Fall

The Promises of Prohibition New Jersey residents welcomed Prohibition at first.  Many residents thought it would reduce crime, improve health, increase safety and raise public morality. But New Jersey quickly became a hotbed for illegal alcohol or moonshine. The promised benefits of Prohibition never occurred. It actually created more problems. Ira Reeves Enter army hero …

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