Lead: Carved out of Massachusetts and born of controversy the State of Maine early on exhibited a streak of moralistic reform. It was the first state to experiment with Prohibition.

Intro.: This is "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: Neal Dow was a man with a purpose. He was convinced that spirituous liquors were at the heart of violence and poverty in his state. Maine's two leading industries, logging and fishing, kept men away from the restraining influences of home and exposed them to temptation. The result was a population given to drink and neglecting their families and work.

 

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