Prohibition

Jerrald K. Pfabe's study of two twentieth-century time periods explores Seward County's most common forms of crime and examples of each. 

 

If you let women vote, will they take away your beer? There was a time when many Nebraska men feared their wives and daughters would do just that.

Douglas County sheriffs after a raid on an illegal still, ca. 1922. [RG3348-10-11]

Douglas County sheriffs after a raid on an illegal still, ca. 1922. [RG3348-10-11]

The Untouchables of Douglas County. In today’s Throwback Thursday photograph, members of the Douglas County Sheriff Department pose with illegal alcohol and still after a raid in about 1922.

New Year's Eve in the 1920s saw Nebraskans unable to legally include alcohol in their celebrations

 

Douglas County sheriffs after a raid on an illegal still around 1922. RG3348-10-11

 

May 1, 1917, the first day of statewide prohibition in Nebraska. NSHS RG0813-40

 

Edward Rosewater. NSHS RG2411.PH0-4772-2

 

Prohibition was the law of the land by 1920, but the Prohibition Party was still uneasy. As the presidential campaign season got underway, they feared that neither a Republican nor a Democratic president could be trusted to vigorously enforce the new law. Already there were proposals to weaken prohibition by modifying the law to allow the manufacture of light wines and beer.

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