Interpreting the Prohibition Era at Museums and Historic Sites chronicles the rise and fall of one of the greatest attempted reforms in American history. Why were Americans so worried about alcohol? Why did they seek to ban an entire industry? How did those involved in the trade react? How did repeal come about? How should we remember the "noble crusade"? Such questions are important, both for historians and museums who seek to interpret the Prohibition Era, as well as for the general public who wants to know more about the Roaring Twenties and how it continues to shape the United States today. Case studies cover: * Breweries * Reformers * Women * Saloons, both before and after Prohibition * Gamblers and gumshoes This guide will help museum and history professionals make sense of a complex story, relate the history and legacy of political pressure groups, and help learners think about the era in new ways.
Jason S. Lantzer is an historian who looks at the intersection of religion, politics, and law in American culture. His first book, Prohibition is Here to Stay was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2009, and his second book, Mainline Christianity was published by New York University Press in 2012. He is the honors program coordinator at Butler University, where he teaches broadly on US History.
Foreword Introduction Part I: The History of Prohibition Chapter 1: Early American Drinking and the Birth of the Temperance Movement Chapter 2: Drinking as a Big Business Chapter 3: The Prohibition Moment Chapter 4: Revolutionary Repeal and the End of a Reform Part II: Interpreting Prohibition History Chapter 5: Repeal's Legacy and Interpreting the Past Chapter 6: Capturing the Local Story Chapter 7: Capturing the National Story and Legacy Appendix: Timeline Notes Bibliography Index About the Author