April 6, 2015

Alcohol has ben perhaps one of the most transformative aspects of American history throughout the 19th and 20th century.  Its use amongst Americans has been pivotal in shaping social situations, decisions we all make on almost a daily basis by … Continued

Effects of Lower Drinking Age

April 6, 2015

A topic that is still widely debated to this day is the minimum drinking age.  At 21, many believe that this age should be lower for an array of reasons, ranging from claims that the current laws don’t hinder the … Continued

Lowered Drinking Age of the 1970’s

April 6, 2015

The 1970’s were a curious time for the National minimum drinking age.  Throughout a large part of the 20th century, in times other than the Prohibition era, the drinking age was firm, at age 21, across the country.  In 1970, however, … Continued

Drinking Culture After WWII

March 18, 2015

The early 1940’s were a serious time for the United States, and the world as a whole.  World War II saw a colossal war effort, leaving little time for social gatherings and culture to develop.  The war effort did, however, reap huge … Continued

Alcohol Exclusion Laws of the 1940’s

March 18, 2015

As Prohibition ended in 1933 in the United States, there were still those who supported the movement.  With what some saw as the need for continued regulation of the alcohol industry in the years following the repeal of the 18th … Continued

Temperance Movement

February 19, 2015

As the Reconstruction Era came to a close in the United States in 1877, social and political concerns began to shift to alternative ideas.  One of the largest social debates that came about in the time era after Reconstruction was … Continued

Anti-Saloon Leagues Successes

February 19, 2015

On January 17th, 1920, the 18th Amendment was ratified, officially banning the commerce of alcoholic beverages in the United States.  Without extreme lobbying and support from a group called the Anti-Saloon League (ASL), this amendment would have never been put … Continued

Prohibition Era

January 28, 2015

Prohibition was perhaps one of the most widely debated social reform acts of the 20th century.  Enacted in 1920 by the 18th amendment, the nationwide sale, not consumption of alcohol, which lasted for only 13 years.  With such a huge change … Continued

Early Temperance Movements and the WCTU

January 28, 2015

The consumption of alcohol has long been a part of American society.  As with all of the popularity it held in our society, there were many groups throughout our history, which sought out to stop the distribution and consumption of … Continued

Research Blog Topic

January 16, 2015

The power of alcohol is seen on a daily basis throughout our country, ranging from many social settings, to being seen regularly on the news in many forms.  The impact of alcohol on the U.S. has been massive, and I … Continued