prohibition

The Art of Repeal: Exploring America’s Post-Prohibition Beer Labels

The Art of Repeal: Exploring America’s Post-Prohibition Beer Labels

The 21st Amendment, which rolled back Prohibition in the United States, was ratified on December 5, 1933. Although many states and counties continued to block the sale of alcohol — for years and even decades — most Americans rejoiced over a cold one. Former breweries that had bided their time selling ”near beer,” soda, and […]

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The Road to Prohibition Was Due North of the Gulf of Wretchedness, According to These Maps

The Road to Prohibition Was Due North of the Gulf of Wretchedness, According to These Maps

Temperance maps are among America’s most curious creative legacies. Missionaries, sobriety activists, and similarly minded reformers used cartography to promote teetotalism in the 19th century, 100 years prior to nationwide Prohibition. An unsubtly proselytizing precursor to infographics, these elaborately imagined maps visualized the benefits of abstinence from alcohol. Among their architects was Rev.

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The U.S. Government Poisoned 10,000 Americans During Prohibition

The U.S. Government Poisoned 10,000 Americans During Prohibition

It’s easy for people to feel like the government is after them. Whether it has to do with Monsanto, Avril Lavigne, or vaccines, there’s always a conspiracy group trying to make a case and prove their point (sometimes on large conspiracy cruise ships). But the truth is out there, and sometimes what sounds like a […]

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New Beer’s Eve Is the Holiday You Never Knew You Needed

New Beer’s Eve Is the Holiday You Never Knew You Needed

We Americans have a complicated history with alcohol. It’s one that’s been deeply influenced by immigration, but also by xenophobia. For 13 years we didn’t allow the sale of alcohol at all, which lead to bootlegging priests and bootlegging rabbis. And then Prohibition was repealed and the real party started. The sale of beer officially became […]

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How Jewish Bootleggers Saved the Day During Prohibition

How Jewish Bootleggers Saved the Day During Prohibition

An Italian accent, a suit, and a Tommy gun — it’s the classic stereotype of the classic Prohibition bootlegger that’s been glorified in popular culture for decades. But there was actually another, larger group of people who had more influence on where people got their illegal drinks: the Jews. It’s impossible to know the exact number of […]

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How the Church Saved the Wine Industry During Prohibition

How the Church Saved the Wine Industry During Prohibition

Catholic churches need wine. It’s written in the Code of Canon Law that uncorrupted grape wine be served during communion. But sacramental wine is more than just fermented juice; it’s a stand-in for the blood of Christ and his sacrifice. And in America, the history of this sacred wine, and the destiny of those who make it, was ironically shaped […]

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Were Bootleggers Released When Prohibition Ended?

Were Bootleggers Released When Prohibition Ended?

In 2012, Americans were surprised to see the first legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington. In the years that followed, a handful of states followed suit, including Alaska and Oregon, in 2014. And on Nov. 8, California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts all voted in favor of legalized use, sale, and consumption of […]

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