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The Prohibition Amendment

Every election has its hot issues. Deficits and radioactive waste may confront us now, but

here’s what voters in 1890 faced:



“The greatest question ever before the voters of Nebraska will be disposed of at the general

election a month hence. On that day will be decided whether the sale of liquors will be

prohibited in this state, under an amendment to the constitution, or whether the saloon is to

continue its licensed work of destruction.



“We fail to discover any reason why the liquor traffic should be legalized any more than any

other known blight, contagion or disorder. As to prohibiting the traffic entirely, of course

that is not possible; but it can be made an outlaw from society and driven as a criminal into

hiding.



“As the election approaches, nearly everyone is anxiously inquiring, ‘will the amendment

carry?’ The people have made up their minds upon the question. And Nebraska will be a

state where the school house and the home are given precedence over the man traps created

by a licensed whiskey traffic.”



Despite the writer’s optimism, a state prohibition amendment was not passed until 1916.


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