Hatchets, Mob Bosses And The 85th Anniversary Of The End Of Prohibition

Dec 5, 2018

Prohibition was repealed Dec. 5, 1933. The 18th Amendment effectively jumpstarted the black market for booze, and the 21st Amendment allowed the taps to flow legally again. Some effects still linger in Georgia, like dry counties and Sunday alcohol laws.


Kayla Black and Travis Spangenburg from the American Prohibition Museum in Savannah spoke to "On Second Thought" about Savannah's role in both upholding and fighting against temperance.


The American Prohibition Museum in Savannah is the only museum of its kind in the country. It features stories from historical figures like Carry Nation, a woman whose personal loss due to alcoholism fueled her passion for the temperance movement. She wielded a hatchet, traveling around to dry counties in the country, destroying bars and taverns before and after prohibition.


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