PHOTOS: The Strange Goings-On in Prohibition-Era Los Angeles | KCET
PHOTOS: The Strange Goings-On in Prohibition-Era Los Angeles
On January 17, 1920 fourteen years of Prohibition began. What began as a movement to curb alcohol primarily in churches soon gained popularity outside of the church halls. By October 1919, Congress passed the Volstead Act, which defined how the prohibition of alcohol would actually be implemented. At first, Prohibition seemed to do as it was meant to: create a better, safer society. Fewer alcohol-related arrests occurred and hospitals reported less liver and liquor related diseases. But it wasn’t long before the criminal underground exploited the Prohibition. People were also resorting to distilling their own alcohol; their primitive techniques and lower-quality products put many drinkers in hospitals and did more harm than good. There are no firm numbers to back up the level of alcohol consumption during that period, but some say that most cities were wetter than ever. By February 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th amendment and ended Prohibition. Here are some photos from that short-lived era.
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Chaffee, Keith. “A Week to Remember: Prohibition.” A Week to Remember: Prohibition. Los Angeles Public Library, January 14, 2019. https://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/blogs/lapl/week-remember-prohibition.
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