Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City
In 1919, the United States embarked on the country's boldest attempt at moral and social reform: Prohibition. The 18th Amendment to the Constitution prohibited the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcohol around the country. This "noble experiment," as President Hoover called it, was intended to usher in a healthier, more moral, and more efficient society. Nowhere...more
"Dry Manhattan" tells you a lot about New York, a little less about Prohibition, and somehow gets the mix right.
The Eighteenth Amendment, if author Michael Lerner's research and interpretations are correct, was birthed by the boozy saloons of New York City's immigrant quarters and foundered upon the same immovable rock of intemperance.
Protestant folks in middle America couldn't abide by the sin-soaked goings-on in the Big Apple and other urban centers. In the end, making something almost every ...more
There is a lot of detail of laws & names of key players that was a little hard to keep up with. Some terms seemed to be introduced without explanation (like the committee of Fourteen) & I kept thinking I must have skimmed over the fir ...more
The same bullying, political blackmail and harassment tactics are well detailed in this highly readable post-mortem of the "Dry" movement--reinforcing the saying that "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
Read how turning New York City dry was supposed to be the crowning ...more