Prohibition

January 16, 1920 – Alcohol Prohibition Went Into Effect Nationwide

On midnight at January 16, 1920, “Prohibition” went into effect, a year after the passage of the 18th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Drawing of women praying in front of a saloon during prohibition attempts in the 1800s.

While Prohibition only lasted thirteen years, the movement had been going on in various towns across the country. Women who supported the sufferage movement also supported Christian temperance movements such as the Anti-Saloon League.

Members of the Anti-Saloon League of America gathered in Atlantic City, N.J., in 1915.

Women where the primary force behind prohibition since they became tired of the drunken nature of men who attended at all male saloons. Many married women were beaten and unfortunately sexually abused by drunk husbands.

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