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Hudson Cattell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451980

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451980.001.0001

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Prohibition and Its Aftermath

Prohibition and Its Aftermath

Chapter One Prohibition and Its Aftermath
Wines of Eastern North America

Hudson Cattell

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the Prohibition in the United States and Canada. In the United States, concern about the drinking of hard liquor led to the first state prohibitory law in Maine in 1851, which forbade the sale or manufacture of intoxicants in the state. The temperance movement gradually came into being with the formation of the National Prohibition Party in 1869 and the birth of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in 1874. By 1913, the Anti-Saloon League—founded in 1895—was calling for an Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which would prohibit alcoholic beverages in the United States. Likewise, the temperance movement in Canada got started in the early nineteenth century as a popular movement against the hard drinking of spirits and beer. Just as the United States had its Anti-Saloon League, Canada had its Dominion Alliance, which by 1887 was considering the formation of a new political party.

Keywords:   Prohibition, temperance movement, National Prohibition Party, Woman's Christian Temperance Union, Anti-Saloon League, Eighteenth Amendment, Dominion Alliance

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