“THE GREAT EXPERIMENT:” PROHIBITION “The attempt to make the consumption of beer criminal is as silly and as futile as if your passed a law to send a man to jail for eating cucumber salad…” Stephen Leacock, famous Canadian humorist
What was it?
Prohibition: ‘being forbidden to do something; oftentimes refers to alcohol’
Differences in Canadian and American laws made rum running possible...
in Canada: decisions about alcohol were left to the individual provinces
Ontario prohibited domestic sale (to individuals), BUT not manufacture or export
in the U.S... there was a complete ban on the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicants from 1919-1933
Who was for Prohibition?
Women’s groups, church groups, business owners, farmers
Why? it was the source of broken homes, bad health, lost productivity, and the loss of morals
criminals, gangs, some doctors, and alcohol manufactures saw it as a business opportunity
Who was against Prohibition?
bar owners, average people, police and customs officers