December 1, 2021
In this lecture we’ll take a look at the five or six key factors that created the perfect conditions for the passage of the Volstead Act: American drinking habits, religious fervor, the Suffrage movement, 19th/20th century immigration, WWI, and the 16th amendment. These factors over the course of about 100 years all came together to “create” Prohibition. From there we will cover rise of the gangsters, changes in social dynamics, changes in morals, and unintended consequences. We’ll go from the button down conservatism of temperance to the lavish partying lifestyles of the roaring twenties. To sum up: How prohibition came about, who backed it, who opposed it, the names it created (famous & infamous), and the litany of unintended consequences that came with it.