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How did the authorities not find the speakeasy clubs during the prohibition?

Prohibition was enacted largely at the behest of pressure groups. This was a very new political tactic in the US where a group uses an emotional issue to create themselves a sizable cadre of single-...
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To what extent was prohibition supported by the American public?

According to "Generations" by William Strauss and Neil Howe, Prohibition was pushed through in the U.S. by an unlikely "out" coalition of social reformers, agrarian interests, and women. (The 18th and ...
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How did the authorities not find the speakeasy clubs during the prohibition?

I've always been baffled and fascinated by this "prohibition" era in the USA between 1920 and 1933. That's 13 years! Let us remind ourselves that we are talking about the 1920s and this is over a ...
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In real terms how many alcoholics were there before prohibition vs after prohibition?

There are no reliable numbers available on that. Research on this was practically lobotomised. The words alcoholic and alcoholism became coined and then used between "disease of alcohol ...
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In real terms how many alcoholics were there before prohibition vs after prohibition?

First off, I want to reiterate what Mark said in the comments. The question is inherently an anachronism, because we didn't have the concept of "Alcoholism" back then. The evils of ...
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Did alcohol consumption increase in the U.S. after 1933?

Consumption appeared to rise enormously after Prohibition was ended. After looking at several graphs, this one seems to agree with most: As always, pick sources with care.
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To what extent was prohibition supported by the American public?

My older relatives who lived through this era (most dead now,) were generally opposed to prohibition. They were very rural and lived in Idaho. My grandmother told me that her brothers and several ...
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How did the authorities not find the speakeasy clubs during the prohibition?

The law was not universally loved by the Americans. Some stats I've seen showed that as many as 25% of the adult population were drinking illegal alcohol in some form. Several politicians (including ...
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Did alcohol consumption increase in the U.S. after 1933?

Alcohol consumption increased after 1933 for at least two reasons, as shown in a graph put up by another poster. There was a lot of "pent up demand" on the part of people who wanted to drink during ...
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What were the achievements of the temperance movement?

One of the major, lasting changes stemming from the temperance movement was the outlawing of prostitution in almost all US states. Prior to the 20th century, prostition was allowed, to various degrees,...
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