To Drink or Not to Drink

Prohibition in the United States
1920 to 1933

Although the Eighteenth Amendment to the US Constitution and the Volstead Act were enacted in 1920 there was a vigorous campaign for prohibition many years before 1920.

I came across a 1913 newspaper from Alabama which might give you a little bit more insight into why the amendment was adopted.

The Alabama Citizen 1913
The Alabama Citizen 1913

The Alabama Citizen
Oct 11, 1913
Here are some of the articles in the newspaper:

The Anti-Saloon League Convention

A whiff from Hell

The Use of wine in the Bible

Eighty-one Pupils in School Drunk

A Trail of Blood Increase of Crime from Records

The Physiological Effect of Alcohol

Has the Saloon any rights?

Temperance Progress in Alabama Told in Maps

Maps
Maps

Nation Wide Prohibition – The Next and Final Step

If you would like to learn more about the history of prohibition you can always go to the Wikipedia web page:

Prohibition in the United States

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Prohibition in the United States was a national ban on the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol, in place from 1920 to 1933.[1] The dry movement was led by rural Protestants in both political parties, and was coordinated by the Anti-Saloon League…

I understand there is also a documentary available:
Prohibition
A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

I hope this little bit of 1913 history will add to your understanding of why prohibition became the law.

Thank You.

By Jose A Munoz

Retired General Motors designer who now works on subjects dealing with genealogy. I create trees using items I find in old Google News Archive newspapers and I contact other tree owners notifying them about the news item concerning their relative and send them a link to the tree I created. I post a screen print of the news item on the tree for others to copy, so that my work will benefit others. Occasionally, I will post about the tree I created or the item that I found, always with a "how to" in-bedded in the post. I want my blog posts to help others with their family trees or with their genealogy experiences.

3 comments

  1. Thanks – I enjoy your posts. An excellent book also on this topic is Southern Prohibition: Race, Reform, and Public Life in Middle Florida, 1821-1920

    Lee L. Willis (Author)

  2. Wonder how many young men came home from WWI with a “drinking problem”? I think of all the vets we have coming home now who are emotional wrecks, and the help offered to them. It’s not nearly enough, but I’m betting it’s 100x more than boys of this era were offered upon their return.
    Do you suppose that there was a link between the soldiers returning home and the support of the prohibition laws?

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