Row is the New Prohibition

David Fromm: “The Cultural War was most heated from the 1970s to the 20s of the next century. It polarized American society, dividing men from women, rural to urban, secular to religious, and recent immigrant groups to Anglo-Americans. But only after a Titanic constitutional struggle did the rural and religious aspects of the culture impose its will on the urban and secular. A decisive victory was won, or so it seemed. “

“The culture war I am talking about is a culture war against the prohibition of alcohol. From the end of the Reconstruction until World War I, perhaps more state and local elections became one issue than any other. The long struggle apparently ended in 1919, through the Eighteenth Amendment and Legislation by Congress to the National Prohibition Act, or the Wolstead Act (as it was known). The amendment and the law together make the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages illegal in the United States and all its subject areas. Many urban and secular Americans felt the same devastation as Pro-Choice Americans today after the Supreme Court overturned Rowe v. Wade. “

“It simply came to our notice then that the Wall Street Act was not the end of the story. As sanctions have become a nationwide reality, Americans have quickly changed their minds about the idea. Support for the ban was rejected, then collapsed. Not only was the Wall Street Act repealed in 1933, but the constitution was further amended so that no one would ever try again. ”

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