Prohibition Hits Beer City USA


The Asheville Citizen, May 6 1886, Asheville ConnectionsJust like the rest of the country, the prohibition hit Asheville and hit it hard. On the May 6, 1886 the Asheville Citizen reported that a temperance activist named Mrs. Lathrop came to Asheville to emphasize the need for change. Her main focus during her lecture at the Opera House was mostly supporting the women of the temperance league. Mrs. Lathrop said that women were vital to the prohibition effort because "the home was the place most invaded by the liquor traffic." Asheville also shared a booming underground alcohol ring with the rest of America. Despite the best efforts of Mrs. Lathrop and others who shared her conviction, the 18th amendment didn't stick. However, for the short time that it was in effect, Ashevillians were fervent in their pursuit of alcohol and it's consumption in all it's forms. While none of us can be absolutely certain of what path we would take in another time; we do have a quiz to give you an idea of what your life could have been like as a smuggler, bootlegger, backer or advocate in the crazy, wild, roaring twenties.
 


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