What Prohibition Has Done to America

Fabian Franklin (1853 - 1939)

In What Prohibition Has Done to America, Fabian Franklin presents a concise but forceful argument against the Eighteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Beginning in 1920, this Amendment prohibited the sale and manufacture of alcoholic beverages in the United States, until it was repealed in 1933. Franklin contends that the Amendment "is not only a crime against the Constitution of the United States, and not only a crime against the whole spirit of our Federal system, but a crime against the first principles of rational government." Writing only two years after Prohibition began, he correctly predicts many of its disastrous consequences, such as runaway bootlegging and organized crime. The book is both a passionate defense of liberty, and a reminder to Americans of the perils of surrendering it. (Summary by Leon Mire)

Genre(s): Law, Political Science, Social Science (Culture & Anthropology)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Perverting the Constitution Joshua B. Christensen
Play 02 02 - Creating a Nation of Lawbreakers Leon Mire
Play 03 03 - Destroying Our Federal System Great Plains
Play 04 04 - How the Amendment Was Put Through Great Plains
Play 05 05 - The Law Makers and the Law Carolyn Lawson
Play 06 06 - The Law Enforcers and the Law Sibella Denton
Play 07 07 - Nature of the Prohibitionist Tyranny Great Plains
Play 08 08 - One Half of One Percent Great Plains
Play 09 09 - Prohibition and Liberty jude kaider
Play 10 10 - Prohibition and Socialism jude kaider
Play 11 11 - Is There Any Way Out? jude kaider