September 1, 2017
Exhibitions, Free Events
Exhibition: Spirited: Prohibition in America
September 1, 2017 - October 20, 2017
Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries
Russell Library Gallery, 2nd Floor
Sponsored by: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Contact: Jan Hebbard 706-542-5788
For 13 years, Americans could no longer manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages. Prohibition was a part of the Constitution. Ratified in 1919, the 18th Amendment stirred up a passionate and sometimes volatile debate between “wets” and “drys” that will forever cement Prohibition’s place in history. Spirited: Prohibition in America brings visitors back to this period of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends, such as Al Capone and Carry Nation.
Adapted from the National Constitution Center’s flagship exhibition, Spirited explores the history of Prohibition, from the dawn of the temperance movement to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment in 1933. What made the country go “dry” and how did America change during this period in history? Visitors to Spirited will learn about the amendment process, the role of liquor in American culture, the cultural revolution of the roaring ’20s, and how liquor laws vary from state to state today.
This traveleing exhibition is part of the NEH On the Road program, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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