Category: Repeal

Prohibition in New Mexico was Welcomed, then Rejected

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Bright Future National Prohibition in New Mexico seemed to have a great future. Temperance sentiment had a long history in the state. In 1917, Mew Mexican voters approved state-wide prohibition by three-to-one. That was before National Prohibition went into effect in 1920. There were high hopes that Prohibition would reduce crime, improve health, raise morality, …

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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 Maryland Caused Serious Problems

Maryland was Unique Prohibition in Maryland holds a unique place in the story of National Prohibition (1920-1933). It had ratified the 18th Amendment establishing the Noble Experiment. Yet Marylanders generally opposed the law. Over 80% would later vote for Repeal. The state, especially Baltimore, was home to large numbers of immigrants. Their cultures included drinking …

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Prohibition in Kentucky Caused Serious Problems

High Hopes Prohibition in Kentucky began with high hopes. The state  had been among the first three to ratify the 18th Amendment. That amendment established National Prohibition (1920-1933). The temperance movement had long been strong in Kentucky. Residents expected that prohibiting alcohol would lead to improved health, lower crime, and  decreased violence. That it would …

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Prohibition in Oregon was Welcomed at First, then Rejected

Prohibition Welcomed Prohibition in Oregon was welcomed. The state had eagerly ratified the 18th Amendment. That amendment created National Prohibition in 1920. Temperance beliefs were strong in Oregon. Voters had approved state-wide prohibition five years earlier. Residents widely thought prohibition would improve health, increase safety, and reduce crime. That it would lower violence, improve public …

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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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