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As 1923 was winding to a close, President Coolidge's Treasury agents were targeted to receive over $28,000,000.00 in equipment and personnel to enforce the Eighteenth Amendment.
By 1927 it was common knowledge to every Chicago-based journalist that any reporter who wrote truthfully or seemed in any way outraged by the business practices of Al Capone - and others of his ilk, was likely to be found face down in Lake Michigan. The writer who penned this piece probably had that fact in mind while sitting at the typewriter; it is not an apology for the Chicago gangsters, it simply implies that they are established, the police are complicit - so get used to it. The writer then begins to explain how the bootlegging and distribution business operated - some of the up-and-coming hoods of the day must have been gratified to read that there was plenty of room for advancement within each organization.
Click here to see a chart indicating the decreased murder rate following the repeal of Prohibition.
A history of Chicago vaudeville can be read here...
A 1921 report on the state that would not go dry: New York.
"When New York wants Prohibition it will have it. So long as New York doesn't want Prohibition there will be wholesale lawbreaking to avoid it."
- The New York World
During the summer of 1923, 40 state superintendents of the Anti-Saloon League convened in Westerville, Ohio in order that they might assess the changes wrought by Prohibition and draw-up plans for the coming year.
"On comparing notes, they agreed that the Atlantic states are not more than 50% dry and the country as a whole not more than 70% dry..."
The opposite number of the Anti-Saloon League (established 1893) was The Association Against the Prohibition Amendment (1918 - 1933). As the name implied, it was organized for the purpose of repealing Prohibition in the United States and sought to achieve this end by printing pamphlets and articles and engaging lecturers. This short notice announced that the Association was setting up the Face the Facts conference in the Nation's Capital - to be convened immediately after the League had closed their own conference. Many elected officials would be in attendance.
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The Anti-prohibition Manual: A Summary of Facts and Figures Dealing With Prohibition
When the architects of Prohibition were planning their dry fairyland they always knew that the weak spot in their scheme was going to be the vast borderlands that separate the United States from Canada and Mexico.
The attached article from 1923 outlines the concerns President Coolidge's administration had regarding Prohibition law enforcement along the Canadian frontier.