The Volstead Act  Record Group 11  General Records of the United States Government  National Archives and Records Administration  ARC Identifier: 299827

The Volstead Act Record Group 11 General Records of the United States Government National Archives and Records Administration ARC Identifier: 299827

The Volstead Act

The Volstead Act

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

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

PROHIBITION | Social movements spawned by the Progressive Era lead to the Volstead Act. Women saw alcohol as the eroding factor in the family unit. The amendment worked at first but enforcement proved difficult. Open rebellion became popular and gave rise to violence and organized crime. Gangsters like Al Capone rose up from prohibition by giving the people what they wanted: alcohol.

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

Drawing of a Still  Record Group 56  Records of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prohibition  National Archives and Records Administration  ARC Identifier: 298446

Drawing of a Still Record Group 56 Records of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prohibition National Archives and Records Administration ARC Identifier: 298446

Toasting the repeal of the Volstead Act, 1933

Toasting the repeal of the Volstead Act, 1933

Judiciary Chairman Andrew Volstead of Minnesota: Volstead Act & the Prohibition

Judiciary Chairman Andrew Volstead of Minnesota: Volstead Act & the Prohibition

Volstead Act: An idiot’s guide to bootlegging

With prohibition written into the constitution of the United States after a long battle from the staunch temperance unions, the Volstead Act

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.

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.

Essays from the 1920s about "The Noble Experiement"  - for and against repeal of both the 18th Amendment and Volstead Act

Essays from the 1920s about "The Noble Experiement" - for and against repeal of both the 18th Amendment and Volstead Act

Joseph "Diamond Joe" Esposito (April 28, 1872 – March 21, 1928) was a Prohibition-era Chicago politician who was involved in bootlegging, extortion, prostitution and labor racketeering with the Genna Brothers. Born Giuseppe Esposito in Acerra, Italy (although other accounts claimed he was Sicilian), he joined one of the street gangs terrorizing Chicago's Little Italy during the early 1900s. When the Volstead Act (National Prohibition Act of 1919) was enacted, Esposito's organization, the 42…

Joseph 'Diamond Joe' Esposito-Chicago politician in with the Genna brothers.

Volstead Act  2 oz Rye 1/2 oz Green Chartreuse 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc 1 oz Lemon Juice 2 dash Bitter Truth Orange Bitters  Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Volstead Act 2 oz Rye oz Green Chartreuse oz Lillet Blanc 1 oz Lemon Juice 2 dash Bitter Truth Orange Bitters Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

"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.)

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

"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.)

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