Prohibition agents should have been Civil Service employees, but they weren’t, because activists wanted to install true believers in those jobs and politicians wanted to hand them out to supporters. You couldn’t have it both ways.
We’ve been drinking (and punishing people for drinking) since we landed at Jamestown.
How southern prohibition advocates exploited racial divisions to turn the South dry
Neal Dow was just about single-handedly responsible for the first statewide prohibition law in the country. He was also pretty responsible for its quick demise.
A compelling story of political gamesmanship, public pressure, and the great values conflict that every political party in America has to wrestle with: safety vs. liberty. Told here in abbreviated fashion, of course, because this is a blog.
Prohibition, Alcohol as a Weapon, and the Myth of the Drunken Indian
Another chapter in the whiskey craziness of the Gilded Age