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October 05, 2011
Inebriation in America was at an all time high.
By 1830 the average American male over 15 was consuming the equivalent of 88 bottles of whiskey a year.
Some men spent their pay in bars and staggered home to abuse their wives and children.
Woman, as you might suspect, were the first to go to war against the sale of alcohol.
Hillsboro, Ohio housewife Eliza Jane Thompson led the earliest efforts to close the saloons and it became" Mother Thompson's Crusade."
She would cause chaos throughout the state, ultimately spread the message to others, put enormous pressure on any elected official that wouldn't support a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcohol.
Those actions eventually led to the 18th Amendment January 16, 1919.
Enforcing it was another matter.
The 18th Amendment, undone by the 21st Amendment in 1933, remains the only Constitutional Amendment ever to have been repealed.
The film raises questions about individual rights and responsibilities, the proper role of government and what a dedicated group can do when they're passionate and united.
Prohibition also taught us another lesson.
"It was the prohibition of alcohol that made it so valuable to criminals, providing the tax-free dollars that turned neighborhood street gangs into national crime syndicates headed by the likes of Al Capone and Charles 'Lucky' Luciano."
Mark Twain said:
"It is the prohibition that makes anything precious."
War on Drugs? Are you listening?