Pass the Rum: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition, a Program at the Woodlawn Branch, August 27

political cartoon from the Chicago Herald Examiner, April 4, 1933

political cartoon from the Chicago Herald Examiner, April 4, 1933

LECTURE:   Pass the Rum:  The Rise & Fall of Prohibition

LOCATION:  Woodlawn Library – 2020 West 9th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805

DATE:  Wed., August 27, 2014, 7 – 8 p.m. free

This popular lecture and discussion by Mike Dixon looks at the historical attempt to regular the consumption of alcohol over the centuries. While most people are aware of prohibition in the 1920, during the so-called Noble Experiment, attempts to regulate this behavior extend far into our past. While the program pays deeper attention to the modern era, as the nation and the State of Delaware struggled to live with the prohibition law for nearly 14 years, it takes a much longer view. During the presentation the audience will hear colorful stories of rum runners, moonshiners, bathtub gin, intriguing personalities, complicated Delaware politics, organized crime, outgunned lawmen, and the temperance movement.

This is a Delaware Humanities Forum speakers Bureau presentation hosted by the Woodlawn Library. For additional program details, please contact the library (302) 571-7425.

Wilmington police stand by as beer flows freely in the city.  Source:  Wilmington Morning News, April 9, 1933

Wilmington police stand by as beer flows freely in the city. Source: Wilmington Morning News, April 9, 1933

 

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