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.
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.
Prohibition, Alcohol as a Weapon, and the Myth of the Drunken Indian
Another chapter in the whiskey craziness of the Gilded Age
An obscure bit of international maritime law becomes front page news when the Coast Guard takes on rum runners during Prohibition.
In an era defined by self-interest, most people could just be paid to look the other way.
Our long national tradition of handing out booze in exchange for votes
The post-Prohibition era was very, very good for a very, very small number of people. If you had pushed your way through the 1920s with a toe still dipped in the legal liquor business—by managing, for example, to secure one of the small number of ‘medicinal spirits’ licenses available—you might be one of the lucky […]
May leveler, wealthier, brutally capitalist heads prevail