The Movement to Ban Alcohol

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, temperance societies gained momeIn the late 19th and early 20th centuries, temperance societies gained momentum as they promoted total abstinence from alcohol. In 1919 the 18th Amendment banned the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol, but it didn’t stop people from making and producing it. The remoteness of some national parks, such as Voyageurs, allowed people to illegally make and sell alcohol. Explore stories of prohibition and temperance.

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Last updated: February 11, 2019