3 Myths About Prohibition

 

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Detroit police during prohibition (Wikimedia Commons)

Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the era of Prohibition.  Over at Philly.com, Villanova political scientist Mark Lawrence Schrad, an expert on this short-lived era in American history, points to three commonly held myths about the 18th Amendment.

  1. “Temperance crusaders were mostly backward cultural conservatives”
  2.  “Prohibition was a uniquely American utopian fever.”
  3.  “Prohibitionists were trying to legislate individual morality.”

Read how he unpacks these points here.