Tag Archives: Prohibition

Timeline Tuesday: A Drink for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve in the 1920s saw Nebraskans unable to legally include alcohol in their celebrations. Voters in this state had already adopted a prohibitory amendment to the state constitution in 1916, which took effect in May 1917, two years … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Nebraskans’ Booze Hiding Spots

The passage of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed the manufacture and sale of liquor nationwide, but statewide prohibition was already in effect in Iowa and Nebraska. In 1916 Iowa went dry and Nebraska voters adopted a prohibitory … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: A District Judge with No Law Degree Crushes Nebraska Organized Crime

In 1897, a twenty-four-year-old attorney came to Omaha to start his career in earnest. He lacked a law degree—or any degree for that matter—but had been admitted to the profession on the basis of having read a few legal treatises … Continue reading

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Free Speech and Temperance: Rosewater vs. Gougar

A wave of temperance feeling during the late 1880s (promoted by “dry” societies, churches, and the Prohibition Party) culminated in Nebraska in 1890 with a popular vote on a prohibition amendment to the state constitution. For many months leading up … Continue reading

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The Prohibition Party’s 1920 Dream Ticket: W. J. Bryan and Billy Sunday

Prohibition was the law of the land by 1920, but the Prohibition Party was still uneasy. As the presidential campaign season got underway, they feared that neither a Republican nor a Democratic president could be trusted to vigorously enforce the … Continue reading

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Try These Substitutes for Brandy

Readers of The Nebraska Issue (Lincoln), official organ of the Anti-Saloon League in this state, were once counseled on avoiding alcohol and other drugs in their daily lives. The November 1907 Issue included Dr. J. J. Ridge’s brief article on … Continue reading

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Students and the Saloon

Although dating from the 1870s, the city of Lincoln’s preoccupation with the prohibition issue quickened in the first decade of the twentieth century. With the failure of efforts to add a prohibitory amendment to the state constitution in 1890, prohibitionists … Continue reading

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A Drink for New Year’s Eve

Douglas County sheriffs after a raid on an illegal still about 1922. NSHS RG3348.PH10-11 (above). New Year’s Eve in the 1920s saw Nebraskans unable to legally include alcohol in their celebrations. Voters in this state had already adopted a prohibitory … Continue reading

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Plenty of Beer in Kearney

Readers of the Kearney Daily Hub on August 16, 1930, must have been startled to read that during the hot summer days, there was “Plenty of Beer to be Had in Kearney and Many Imbibe It.” State and federal prohibition … Continue reading

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Bootleggers’ Carnival

The passage of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed the manufacture and sale of liquor nationwide, but statewide prohibition was already in effect in Iowa and Nebraska. In 1916 Iowa went dry and Nebraska voters adopted a prohibitory … Continue reading

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