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Hosts Kelly Burdick and Christina Knott return to the pages of history for stories that still matter today.

Jan 12, 2020

The 18th amendment was ratified Jan. 17, 1920, in attempt to create a more sober, a less corrupt and a more moral population. This week it will be 100 years since the nation went dry -- and what followed wasn't 

Kelly Burdick joins Christina Knott to discuss women's role prior to Prohibition and how this changed by the end of the 13-year "noble experiment."

We look anti-Prohibition activists Pauline Morton Sabin, a former Prohibition activist who created the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform to overturn the amendment. We hear from Mabel Eichel, who spoke at "Anti-Dry" meetings in Watertown about why women, finally, were the ones to rise up "to do away with this unjust, illogical and vicious law."

We knew women were involved in creating Prohibition, but we didn't realized how active they were in taking it down. Join us as we discuss this very interesting part of our nation's history.

Read Chris Brock's article on this topic "St. Lawrence River area full of Prohibition tales" at NNY360.

 

Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing. Outro music is "The Papergirl" by The Whole Other. Browse our new merch at Society 6.

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Sources ...

http://prohibition.themobmuseum.org/the-history/how-prohibition-changed-american-culture/womens-rights/

https://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/alcohol-prohibition-was-failure

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/30/prohibition-google-autocomplete