Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America

Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America

by Edward Samuel Behr

Here is the full story of those thirteen years of temperance, telling how and why it all happened.

It takes us back to the "beautiful and the damned", who drank their lives away in speakeasies; to the St. Valentine's Day massacre and the bootleggers and gangsters; to the head of a Kansas City sewing circle who single-handedly axed a saloon to splinters; to teetotaler Henry Ford's Detroit, where workers' homes were searched to make sure they were dry.

  • Language: English
  • Category: History
  • Rating: 3.61
  • Pages: 272
  • Publish Date: June 1st 2007 by Arcade Publishing
  • Isbn10: 1559703946
  • Isbn13: 9781559703949

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Its purpose was stated as to prohibit intoxicating beverages, to regulate the manufacture, sale, or transport of intoxicating liquor, and to ensure an ample supply of alcohol and promote its use in scientific research and in the development of fuel, dye and other lawful industries and practices, such as religious rituals. In consequence, Speak easies quadrupled and underground alcohol distribution became prevalent. Dodge took that information and met Imogene Remus (Georges wife). As a consequence, George was not only broke but was also brought up on murder charges for killing Imogene. In a sensational trial, it was uncovered that Franklin Dodge and Imogene had planned trying to get a federal deportation ruling and if that failed they planned on murdering George. The author states the just 5% of prohibition violators were prosecuted.

I find the 1920's to be an interesting period in US history, especially in light of Prohibition, but that interest going in was the only thing that kept me going through the book. I have some other Prohibition-focused books on my shelf, though, and maybe those will yield more.

What makes Behrs account interesting is all of the characters he introduces us to who arent in either category Theres a scary woman from Kansas named Carry Nation who goes around smashing up saloons. I dont really know what that was, but it could just as easily be described as a companion to the more recent Ken Burns documentary on Prohibition.

This book is a little dry at times, but overall is very readable.

This book provided a decent look at what America was like during the prohibition era.

Seeing this volume in a dealers store awoke a desire within me to learn more about this era in American history that is largely shrouded in myth, distorted by the entertainment media and not a period covered in my educational past. In 1735, Parliament enacted Prohibition (except for beer) in Georgia due to the amount of alcohol consumed and the effect it had on productivity and health in that region, that law lasted until 1743. The money that could be made in the production, distribution and selling of alcohol was too great for there not to have been a well-organized alliance to supply alcohol as it was in higher demand after Prohibition than it was before. 89) The largest supplier of alcohol during the early days of Prohibition was George Remus, a lawyer, pharmacist and entrepreneur who made Cincinnati THE place for liquor distribution in North America; he did so by buying the whiskey from the U. He choose Cincinnati for its location, it was within 300 miles of most of the available whiskey in the U.S., had a good transportation system and Ohio was laxer in enforcing the statues attached to the Volstead Act. At one point, his wealth was immense and he was making hundreds of thousands of dollars a week. Many of those would perish, others would likewise lose that wealth, but some carried the affluence gained during prohibition to respectability in the years after its repeal. The key learnings from the failing of Prohibition is that change is far more likely as a result of education than it is an action of legislation and the validity of Edmund Burkes statement, The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

The book focuses on some of the more obvious causes for the rise of the dry movement---rural vs city, 'nativist' (ironic misnomer ) vs immigrants, religious vs secular, etc.

He began his career in the early 1950s with the Reuters news agency, then worked for Time-Life, serving as bureau chief in several cities around the world for Time Magazine.