Prohibition mainstreamed hypocrisy and criminality
The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
by Daniel Okrent
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In an age when the US Senate was plunged into near paralysis over an anemic simulacrum of health-care reform, it seems unthinkable that Congress could have ever rushed headlong into the folly of amending the Constitution to outlaw drinking. But as Daniel Okrent reminds us in Last Call, his richly detailed reconstruction of Prohibition's thirteen-year reign, what seems in retrospect like a foolishly giddy union of Protestant moralism and the federal state was actually the culmination of generations' worth of reformist zeal.
Unlike the many chroniclers who affect bemusement in revisiting the Prohibition fiasco, Okrent—the former public editor of the New York Times—highlights the numerous ways that prohibitionism entwined with the early twentieth century's irrepressible climate of reform. The temperance movement
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