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In a tumultuous era spanning thirteen years, Americans could no longer manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages. Prohibition was now a part of the Constitution, holding the same status as freedom of speech and the abolition of slavery. Ratified in 1919, the 18th Amendment stirred up a passionate and sometimes volatile debate between the “wets” and “dry” that will forever cement Prohibition’s place in history. Spirited: Prohibition in America, a temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends, such as Al Capone and Carry Nation.

This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is brought to you by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Spirited: Prohibition in America was organized by The National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA