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Alcoholic Beverage Industry

People & Groups – Against

Interior of a crowded bar moments before midnight June 30, 1919, when wartime prohibition went into effect New York City. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Not everyone supported the Temperance movement. The material on this page comes from groups that sat opposite of the Temperance leagues like the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment as well those that benefited from Prohibition but made money off of the illegal sale of alcohol. There is only a sampling of titles that look at the illicit trade and the people and groups that rose to infamy during Prohibition but some information has been included to get researchers started.

The material on this page includes resources focusing on those people, groups, and arguments speaking against Prohibition. It includes retrospective titles as well as material current to the time period.

Print Titles

The following materials from the Library's collections provide access to general information and history about people and groups against the temperance movement and prohibition in the United States. The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.

Manuscript & Special Collections

These collections are available in in the Manuscript Reading Room in the James Madison Building.  This reading room does has specific conditions of use.