Episode 13 – Prohibition

Prohibition agents destroying barrels of alcohol DN-0072930, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society. 1921.

This week on An Incomplete History Hilary and Geoff discuss the implementation and long-term effects of the 18th Amendment, that’s prohibition, on the United States. Where did the idea for a nation-wide ban on alcohol come from? What did advocates hope to accomplish? Can we really blame prohibition for a rise in organized crime? And how does the 18th Amendment, nullified decades ago, still affect your life today? Join us this week to find out.