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Prohibition, the Constitution, and States' Rights

Sean Beienburg


This book tells the story of the states’ fight against national prohibition from before the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment through its repeal. It offers the most comprehensive treatment of the constitutional debate over prohibition ever assembled, incorporating not just Congress, the presidents, and the Supreme Court but political activity throughout the states of the Union. Unlike the present, where constitutional matters are largely ceded to the courts, prohibition involved active discussions among elected officials who took their constitutional oaths and obligations seriously. This dis ... More

Keywords: federalism states' rights prohibition progressives Tenth Amendment Calvin Coolidge Al Smith nullification American political thought marijuana

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226631943
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226632278.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean Beienburg, author
Arizona State University