• Crowd gathered at Lowndes County Courthouse during 1907 vote concerning prohibition. Note the banner with its message. Courtesy, Georgia Archives, Vanishing Georgia Collection, low072

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    Photograph of crowd at Lowndes County Courthouse, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 1907 June 24
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    • 1907
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    • The Wilson Studio Company (Valdosta, Ga.)
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    • Valdosta, June 24, 1907. Crowd gathered at Lowndes County Courthouse during vote concerning prohibition. Note the banner with its message. This photograph was taken by The Wilson Studio Company which was located at Valdosta, Georgia at the time the p... more
      Valdosta, June 24, 1907. Crowd gathered at Lowndes County Courthouse during vote concerning prohibition. Note the banner with its message. This photograph was taken by The Wilson Studio Company which was located at Valdosta, Georgia at the time the photograph was taken. less
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  • Photograph of local liquor law ballot, Floyd County, Georgia, 1887. Courtesy, Georgia Archives, Vanishing Georgia Collection, flo061.

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    Photograph of local liquor law ballot, Floyd County, Georgia, 1887 July 9
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    • 1887
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    • Floyd County, July 9, 1887. General local liquor law ballot. "--from field notes
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  • Utah prohibition bill, 1917. Used by permission, Utah State Historical Society, all rights reserved.

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    Prohibition Bill P.1
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    • 1917
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    • 18372 Prohibition Bill Oversize Coll P 15 Item 62 Q
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  • Postcard of Carrie Nation's home. Courtesy of the University of Kentucky Special Collections Library.

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    Carry [sic] A. Nation And Home. (Printed verso reads: "Mrs. CARRY [sic] A. NATION was born in KENTUCKY as CARRY [sic] AMELIA MOORE. She came to Medicine Lodge Kansas as the wife of David Nation in the early nineties. Her first husband, Dr. Charles Gloyd, had died a drunkard, leaving her with a little girl and a heart of sorrow. She became very sympathetic with those who suffered as she, and began crusading against liquor in 1900. She later lectured in all 48 States, Canada, England and Scotland. She died June 9, 1911 at Leavenworth, Kansas and was buried in the family lot at Belton, Mo.")
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Influenced by the growing temperance movement, state legislation regarding sale and consumption of alcohol appeared as early as the mid-19th century. In 1851, Maine became the first state to prohibit the manufacture and sale of liquor, yet the law was repealed five years later. Kansas was another early enactor of anti-liquor laws, outlawing alcoholic beverages in 1881. The Sunflower State was also the launch pad for Carrie Nation’s outspoken and often violent temperance activism. Between 1900 and 1910, Nation was arrested over thirty times for destroying Kansas saloons with hatchets and rocks.

The Prohibition movement spread throughout the United States, gaining the most popularity in the South. Alliances were tied to religious beliefs; Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians tended to side with the “dries” and Protestants and Catholics with the “wets”. By early 1917, temperance supporters held a majority of seats in Congress, drawing members from the Democratic and Republican parties alike. In August 1917 the Senate passed a resolution to institute nationwide Prohibition. By 1919, the legislation had been ratified by 36 of the 48 states.