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Bootlegger in Congress: George Cassiday

A bootlegger in Congress? During National Prohibition (1920-1933) it was illegal to transport or sell alcoholic beverages. Most members of Congress publicly supported Prohibition and its enforcement. They included both Democrats and Republicans. They came from across the country. From East, West, North and South. They came from both rural areas and cities. But most …

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Smith Wildman Brookhart: ‘Fervent Dry’ in U.S. Senate

Smith Wildman Brookhart (1869-1944) was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1926. He was known there as a ‘fervent dry.’ The problems caused by Prohibition (1920-1933) increased. So did calls for its repeal. Sen. Brookhardt desperately wanted to stop this growing movement. So he began a nation-wide tour debating prominent ‘wets.’ They included prominent opponents …

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