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Alcohol, Temperance & Prohibition

That legendary man of letters, Samuel Johnson, once opined that “Abstinence is as easy to me as temperance would be difficult”. Over the centuries, many have shared at least part of Johnson’s sentiment as regards the temptations offered by spirits, and just as many have concerned themselves with the cause of cautioning others about alcohol and its potentially pernicious effects. The good people...
Indomitable Spirits: Prohibition in the United States

For the 13 years between 1920 and 1933, the manufacture, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States carried with it serious legal consequences. This 2013 exhibition from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) commemorates the 80th anniversary of the end of prohibition and brings to life the reasons for and consequences of the ratification of the 18th Amendment to the...