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        Politics and Culture | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        View images of famous figures of the prohibition era including William Jennings Bryan, a “dry” supporter, Fiorello La Guardia, Mayor of NYC, and critic of Prohibition, President Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) a “dry,” and more. From 1920-1933, the 18th Amendment to the constitution ruled the land. It prohibited the making, transportation, and sale of alcohol. The amendment grew out of the pervasive alcohol abuse, especially among men and immigrant populations, of the 19th century. The Women’s Christian Temperance Union and Anti-Saloon League politicized the issue, and the nation was divided between “wets” opposed to the amendment, and “drys” supporting it. 

        Fiorello LaGuardia | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Fiorello LaGuardia mixes 2.75 percent beer, Washington DC. Source: Brown Brothers.

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        Wet Congressmen On Steps Of Capitol | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Wet congressmen on steps of the Capitol, Representative John Philip Hill, chairman of the wet block (in the center). Source: Library of Congress.

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        Capitol Building, Washington DC | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        The United States Capitol Building in Washington DC.

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        The Great Depression Strikes A Final Blow Against Prohibition | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        The Great Depression struck the final blow against Prohibition. Here, marchers in Detroit carry signs reading, "Beer for Taxation, Jobs for Millions," 1930. Credit: Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University.

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        New York Stock Exchage | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        New York Stock Exchange exterior. Source: Brown Brothers.

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        Herbert Hoover | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Herbert Hoover makes a speech on the White House lawn. Source: The Library of Congress.

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        Al Smith Campaigning | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Alfred E. Smith's campaign trip in Witchita, Kansas in 1928. Source: Museum of the City of New York.

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        Al Smith And Pauline Sabin | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Al Smith and Pauline Sabin at the 1932 Democratic Convention. Source: Mike Graham.

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        William Jennings Bryan | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        William Jennings Bryan speaking at 1908 Democratic Convention. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Democratic Convention in Madison Square Garden | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Image of the Democratic Convention held in Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Source: Brown Brothers.

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        Radcliffe (Harvard) Students Take Exams | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        Radcliffe (Harvard) students take exams seated with coffee or tea, 1922. Source: Harvard University, Radcliffe Archives.

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        New York Times Headline: Hoover Wins Election | Ken Burns: Prohibition

        A New York Times headline announces that Hoover wins the election. Source: The New York Times.

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