Prohibition of alcohol and Repeal is a fascinating story. How did National Prohibition (1920-1933) come to be? What was it like? How did it change American society? In what ways does it effect life even today? It’s a story of unusual ideas, fascinating characters, surprising events, and unexpected outcomes.
The history of alcohol is filled with interesting people, with interesting stories.
From strongholds of temperance sentiment to widespread disregard for the law, the states responded to National Prohibition and repeal in different ways.
Do you know the difference between a “blind pig” and a “clip joint?” And just who is John Barleycorn anyway? Find out!
Alcohol and Prohibition Quizzes
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DVDs, Photos & Files
Carry Nation, a photograph from 1910
Detroit police inspecting equipment found in a clandestine underground brewery during the prohibition era.
Medicinal Alcohol form, an official government document from the 1920’s
“Save A Little Dram For Me,” a song from United States prohibition era, 1922
Prohibition and Repeal DVD video: Shay, Gene et al. Amendment 18, Prohibition; Amendment 21, Repeal of Prohibition. DVD video. Lawrenceville, NJ: Cambridge Ed, 2004.
Repeal DVD video: A&E TV Network.
The Road to Repeal. DVD video. NY: A&E TV Network, 1997.
These other resources also focus on the National Prohibition of alcohol and Repeal.
- Asbury, H. The Great Illusion: An Informal History of Prohibition. NY: Doubleday, 1950.
- Furnas, J. The Life and Times of the Late Demon Rum. Putnam’s Sons, 1965.
- Kobler, J. Ardent Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. NY: Putnam’s Sons, 1973, 143.
- Kyvig, D. Repealing National Prohibition. Kent, OH: Kent State U Press, 2000.
- Rose, K. American Women and the Repeal of Prohibition. NY: NYU Press, 1996.
- Root, G. Women and Repeal. NY: Harper, 1934.