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Early European colonizers in North America were used to drinking beer as a result of unsafe water in their native countries and they continued this practice in the new land. This NoteStream explores Early alcohol consumption, distilleries, the rise of saloons and early "medicinal uses" of alcohol.
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The seeds of the temperance movement were sown by one of the Founding Fathers when he published an essay detailing his belief that heavy alcohol consumption could damage physical and psychological health. This NoteStream explores the motivations leading to the temperance movement, the formation of the temperance societies, and the crossover with other reform movements.
By early 1917, temperance supporters held a majority of seats in Congress, drawing members from the Democratic and Republican parties alike. This NoteStream explores the dry out of the nation, the 18th amendment to the Constitution, early enforcement efforts, and finally the 21st amendment, returning control of alcohol regulation to the individual states.
While the 18th Amendment prohibited the manufacture, transport, and sale of alcohol it did not outlaw the drinking of alcohol. Because the taste of the available liquor was rough, bartenders used sweeteners and other additives resulting in a number of cocktail recipes that are still popular today. Welcome to the world of circumventing the law, bootleggers, rum-runners, moonshine and stills!
When the 18th Amendment passed it was expected that the social ills of the country would dry up and that the laws would be relatively easy to enforce. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Organized crime as we know it today is tied to the development of crime families during Prohibition. Explore the unintended consequences, corruption, and the critical role played by women.
Prohibition grew from Victorian-era temperance movements but was enacted in the Jazz Age. Passage of the 18th Amendment contributed to changes in the culture. Here, we'll explore it's legacy, from the "Blue Laws" to the creation of AA to the current rise of home brews and microbrews.