Letter concerning the transportation of liquor from California to Washington. Record Group 56 Records of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prohibition National Archives and Records Administration ARC Identifier: 298430
Truman to Bess Wallace alluding to the adoption of Prohibition. Truman to Bess Wallace Truman, Records of the Truman Presidential Library National Archives and Records Administration ARC Identifier: 200650
The Eighteenth Amendment was very short, but the law designed to enforce it was over 25 pages long. It was complex, confusing, difficult to interpret and – although this is sure hard to ascertain – probably one of the most disregarded laws in the history of the United States.
"Daniel Okrent's eye-opening new work Last Call brings to life an infamous but poorly understood era... From Prohibition's roots in 19th-century Temperance movements to the bitter political clashes that led to its enactment and the surprising consequences of the Volstead Act's long reach into everyday life, Okrent makes a intoxicating tale out of what might seem a very dry subject." (Click through for the rest of the cartoon review of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.)