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Taverns, Temperance, Teetotalers, and Tommy Guns: The Long History of Prohibition
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Learn about the ubiquity of alcohol consumption in early America, the rise and influence of the temperance movement during the nineteenth century, and the progressive roots of Prohibition.
Prohibition was one facet of old-stock American, rural, Protestant rule in the 1920’s that brought about severe restrictions on immigration from Eastern and Southern Europe, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, and the rise of organized crime. By the election of Franklin Roosevelt in 1932, the nation acknowledged prohibition to have been a colossal failure.
This lecture will be co-presented by Dr. Francis Coan, History Professor, Tunxis Community College and Stephen McGrath, adjunct History Professor at Central Connecticut State University.
Enjoy this lecture wet (with a beer) or dry (with a cup of tea).