[Surfnetkids: 11 Jan 2012] Prohibition

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#1. January 11, 2012

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

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In keeping with this week’s theme, I’d like to close with a joke from Jared Newport, 11 years old, Eugene, Oregon.

Why does a teacher think of an empty classroom when he closes his eyes?

Because he can’t see his pupils!

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Prohibition

by Barbara J. Feldman

Prohibition Printable (** for premium members only)

Prohibition (1920 – 1933) was a period of American history in which the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol was illegal. The 18th Amendment (which created Prohibition) was ratified on January 16, 1919 and was the first amendment to address a social issue. It later became the first and only amendment to be repealed, when the 21st Amendment ended “The Noble Experiment” on December 6, 1933.

Library Company: Ardent Spirits
The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in early American history and founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin. Ardent Spirits is an online exhibit about the origins of the American temperance movement. “When Philadelphian Dr. Benjamin Rush published his ‘moral thermometer’ in the late 18th century, he set the American temperance movement into motion. The thermometer was a visual depiction of the horrors that awaited drunkards, and it placed both moderate drinkers and abstainers on the moral high ground.”

Library of Congress: Prohibition: A Case Study of Progressive Reform
This Library of Congress mini-site includes links to seven primary source documents, and an overview of the temperance movement. The source documents include a WPA interview with Samuel D. Mobley, a retired cotton broker. About prohibition, he responded, “I have noticed that every attempt to legislate morals into the people has resulted in disaster. I will call your attention to the fact that you and I remember when we had the old barroom system, the State dispensary system prohibition, and the present retail liquor shops. No system is perfect, but the worst of all was the prohibition law.”

National Archives: The Volstead Act
The Volstead Act was federal legislation that became law on October 28, 1919, specifying how the 18th Amendment would be enforced. This archive includes links to both the Volstead Act and the text of the 18th and 21st Amendments. Using these original sources, students can answer questions posed in the last paragraph. Why did this social experiment not work? What can we learn from Prohibition? How can we compare it to the modern war on drugs?

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Prohibition Printable

Prohibition Wikipedia Printable
U.S. Constitution Printable

Preventing Drug Abuse Printable

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