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        Alcohol and the Roots of Prohibition | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        View images of 19th century breweries and saloons. From 1920-1933, the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution ruled the land. It prohibited the making, transportation, and sale of alcohol. The amendment grew out of what was viewed as the pervasive alcohol abuse, especially among men and immigrant populations, of the 19th century. Americans on average drank seven gallons of pure alcohol each year, according to the Ken Burns documentary Prohibition. For nearly 100 years, activists and social reformers fought to improve the lives of all Americans, expand the rights of women, and protect children. These reformers supported the 18th amendment as means to social reform. 

        Anheuser-Busch Brewery | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Annheuser-Busch Brewery, 1880-1882. Source: Anheuser-Busch.

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        J.C. Mader's Saloon | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        A group of women kneel on the sidewalk outside of J.C. Mader's Saloon in Bucyrus, Ohio, during the Women's Temperance Crusade of 1873-1874. The women were protesting the sale of alcoholic beverages. Source: Ohio Historical Society.

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        Men in Gardner's Saloon, Holton, Wisconsin

        Men in Gardner's Saloon, Holton, Wisconsin, 1886.

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        Scene at Redepenning's Saloon, Nassau, Minnesota | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Row of men holding beers in Redepenning's Saloon, Nassau, Minnesota. Source: Minnesota Historical Society.

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        Citizens of Detroit | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Citizens of Detroit heed a "last call" in the final days before Prohibition went into effect, 1920. Source: Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University.

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        Interior View of Pawling & Harnischfeger | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Interior view of Pawling & Harnischfeger showing kegs on the assembly line, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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