Lead: For nearly a decade and a half, the United States imposed a noble social experiment on its citizens. As with most such attempts at modifying the behavior of adults, Prohibition was an unmitigated disaster.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Beginning in the middle of the 1800s, an alliance of social reformers and some evangelical Christians, began to agitate for an end to the manufacture, distribution, and consumption of alcohol. Working through such pressure groups as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the Anti-Saloon League, the Prohibition Party, and eventually within both major political parties, slowly but surely public opinion was won over to an attempt to restrict liquor and beer at the local and state level. This campaign reached its height of success in 1919 with the passage of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and accompanying enforcement legislation, the Volstead Act.

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