Saturday, June 15, 2024

Prohibition Is an Awful Flop. We Love It!


The repeal of Prohibition in 1933 was widely celebrated.
National Prohibition in the United States (1920-1933) was always divisive, and many otherwise law-abiding Americans never accepted its legitimacy. Several years in, the “noble experiment” was losing public support but remained a political hot potato.

The Association Against the Prohibition Amendment (AAPA), buoyed by a burst of fundraising success, launched a nationwide publicity campaign in 1928. They printed and distributed millions of pamphlets arguing for repeal. Also in 1928, the American Bar Association, the largest national association of lawyers, came out in favor of repeal. The ball was rolling.

When it came, repeal was widely celebrated. Only now, 90 years later, are we beginning to grapple with the shackles that remain on the beverage alcohol business.

In part 2 of 2, we finish the story begun in the previous issue of The Bourbon Country Reader. Also, in this issue (which is Volume 22, Number 3), you can read an exclusive excerpt of Dr. Jerry O. Dalton's new book, The Way of Bourbon. Dr. Dalton is the former master distiller at Jim Beam and, before that, at Barton. As you'll see, he's a bit of a philosopher.

Finally, there's a short piece entitled "Don't Cheat Yourself with Mystery Whiskey." Forewarned is forearmed, or something like that.

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