Prohibition was a major step in United States history. It was a major issue in the late 1910s and through out the 1920s. I feel Foner gave a decent amount of coverage on this topic. He didn’t go into super detail because prohibition wasn’t a major topic in the WWI era. But he did give background information as to why prohibition came about. Foner discusses how Progressive women wanted to “protect wives and children from husbands who engaged in domestic violence when drunk or who squandered their wages at saloons.” (Foner 734) This is the key motive behind the prohibition movement. While prohibition is something that changed this country tremendously, its effects and they way it changed the country were no described by Foner in the chapter. Again mostly in part because prohibition was not a major issue in the WWI era.
After reading i have these two questions :
1. What was the male reaction toward Prohibition ?
2.How was the removal of alcohol handled ?