CANCELED - Dry Times: Alcohol and the United States in the 1920s

Master Class for Students / CANCELED


This lecture has unfortunately been canceled. 


This lecture examines the U.S. in the 1920s through the lens of Prohibition, the nationwide ban on alcohol that was enacted 100 years ago. 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, LMU Munich


Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations


Contact: Sarah Martin

(Photo: Family Temperence Pledge © Public Domain / si.edu)


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