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States’ Rights and Agendas – Map 4 of 5

Make the Map All White by Constitutional Amendment (Westerville, Ohio: Anti-Saloon League of America, 1914).  Courtesy University of Virginia, Special Collections.
Make the Map All White by Constitutional Amendment (Westerville, Ohio: Anti-Saloon League of America, 1914). Courtesy University of Virginia, Special Collections.
The battle for prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol had its roots in the 19th century temperance movement. By the 20th century, it had been joined by the reform spirit of the Progressive era where it was also cast as part of eliminating political corruption and workplace inefficiency. This map presents the simple and literal black and white argument. Thirty-six states would need to ratify a Constitutional amendment and as the text explains, Wets lived in a few, highly concentrated areas. The Drys, or White areas, could easily get the votes they needed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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