This lecture for the "Oberstufe" will discuss the 1920s related to drinks - Prohibition, organized crime and more await students in this talk.

Waiting list only.

(Warteliste) Dry Times: Alcohol and the United States in the 1920s

Master Class for Students / Free admission / Waiting list


There is currently a waiting list for this event.


Please note that, due to the current dynamic situation regarding in-person events, this event may be changed from an in-person event to an online event. In this case, all registered groups will be notified and the change of format will be noted on our website.


This lecture examines the U.S. in the 1920s through the lens of Prohibition, the nationwide ban on alcohol that was enacted in 1920. Originating in the 19th century temperance movement and strongly promoted by women, Prohibition shaped the economy, politics, society, and culture of the entire decade. We will explore the circumstances leading to Prohibition, its enforcement, its impact on the years most often remembered as the “Roaring Twenties” or “Jazz Age”, and its repercussions in American society until today.

Key topics such as the role of anti-immigrant politics, the First World War and anti-German propaganda, the emergence of the “new woman” and youth culture, the question of individual freedom and the limits of constitutional power, the rise of the modern state, the violent boom of organized crime, the impact of emotional and populist politics, and the revival of the Ku Klux Klan will be discussed – as related to drinks.

Speaker: Dr. Nadine Klopfer, Amerikanistik-Institut LMU

Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

Contact: Sarah Martin


To register for the waiting list, please send an e-mail to bibliothek@amerikahaus.de with the number of students and school name.



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