The Prohibition Era: Temperance in the United States

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Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
Part of the "Milestones in American History" series, this book explores the history of the Prohibition Movement—including the battle for passage of the Eighteenth Amendment, which made the United States a dry nation—its effects from 1920 to 1933 when it was repealed, and its after-effects today. The book also addresses the roots of prohibition before passage of the amendment. While the amendment remained in effect, Americans were prohibited from manufacturing, selling, or transporting alcoholic beverages. Supporters of the Temperance Movement, called "dries," expected that drinking alcohol would gradually disappear altogether, leading to stronger family life, increased productivity, and reduced crime rate. Instead, although consumption of liquor did decline, the amendment and the accompanying Volstead Act inspired "wets" to defy the law, leading to increased crime in the form of speakeasies, rumrunners, bootleggers, and mobsters. For these and other reasons presented in the book, the Twenty-first Amendment repealed the Eighteenth. The book also addresses the role of women in both pushing passage and then repeal of prohibition. It concludes with a discussion of such after-effects as Alcoholics Anonymous and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The text is clear, detailed, well researched and notated, and would provide a fine source for information about the movement and the times for upper-level students. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604130058
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Milestones in American History Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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