Ratified in 1919, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution banned “intoxicating liquors.” The manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages was outlawed nationwide from 1920 to 1933 – a period known as Prohibition. How did advocates of prohibition convince voters to enshrine a ban on alcohol in the Constitution? In this lesson, students will examine sources from the time to answer the question: What were arguments for prohibition?
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Image: 1926 photo of a woman showing the garter flask fad during Prohibition. From the Library of Congress.