Lips that Touch Liquor shall not Touch Ours

The Prohibition inherited form the nineteenth century and finally began to achieve national success in the U.S during the World War I. Basically, Foner had completely covered how the movement of Prohibition go though in the USA. Foner had mentioned that the Prohibition was led by the Anti-Saloon League and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Proponents of Prohibition included many women reformers who were concerned about alcohol’s link to wife beating and child abuse and industrialists, such as Henry Ford, who were concerned about the impact of drinking on labor productivity. Advocates of Prohibition argued that outlawing drinking would eliminate corruption, end machine politics, and help Americanize immigrants. In December 1917, Congress passed the 18th Amendment that prohibiting the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquor.

Two Questions:

1.       What was the main reason that the national Prohibition against alcoholic beverage was enacted?

2.       How did the general male workers and farmers feel toward the Prohibition?

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2 Responses to Lips that Touch Liquor shall not Touch Ours

  1. Profile photo of Shaoze Liu Shaoze Liu says:

    For question 1: In general the main result of the prohibition inherited because of the women’s movement. Because alcohol cause a lot of domestic violence, in order to protect the rights of women then implementation of the prohibition. And also alcohol is related with religion and associated crime, and it is against religious organizations. But actually, prohibition cause serious smuggle.

  2. Profile photo of xuran tan xuran tan says:

    Q2.) Its logical to that say the prohibition caused outrage amongst the general male workers and farmers. What lead to this notion is the fact that alcohol consumption during the first decade of the 19th century in America was both widespread and substantial, Americans in general were said to be so accustom to drinking that they developed a high tolerance for alcohol effects hence the reason that you could never see an American drunk. Even attorneys, jurymen, and judges consumed alcohol in the courtroom; also, even women and children partake in consumption. Americans engage in alcohol consumption during work breaks, before and after work, and in all social gatherings. Now, by knowing that alcohol at this point was a “regular thing” lead to the view of outrage amongst the general male works and farmers who drank openly.

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