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Thursday, February 23, 2017; 10-10:50am CT and 1-1:50pm CT
Elizabeth Dinschel, Education Specialist
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
In 1920, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution went into effect, which banned the production and sale of most alcoholic beverages. Even though the majority of Americans favored Prohibition, the law inadvertently encouraged increased drinking, spawned organized crime and disrespect for law, and made the decade the "roaring 20s." When Herbert Hoover ran for President in 1928, he promised to find a better way to enforce Prohibition. In May of 1929, President Hoover appointed George Wickersham to head the National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement, also known as the “Wickersham Commission.” Join us as we look at campaign promises regarding prohibition in 1928 and 1932, learn about the Wickersham Commission, the rise of organized crime, and the society that did not follow the law.