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10:54 pm - Prohibition, Part One
Before I succumbed to the stomache bug going around my family Friday night, I watched most of episode one of Ken Burns' Prohibition. I was quite fascinated. I had been meaning to watch it for a while. One of the things I learned that I didn't know before was that the proponents of prohibition, known as the "drys" had backed the creation of an income tax because one of the key political strengths of the "wets" (mainly represented by German brewers) was that around 1/3 of Federal revenues at the time came from excise tax on alcohol.

Add this to the Scopes Trial and the 1920s seem like a particularly interesting decade. I'm pretty sure our house (a Bungalow) was built in the late 1920s. And Trinity Church was built at the end of a streetcar line in Springfield in 1928. Interesting to me that a Methodist Church would build a very Catholic-looking gothic cathedral in the 1920s.


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Date:April 12th, 2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Yes, the 20s are really fascinating. I think usually you would look at "the 20s" as going from 1919-1929, so including the Seattle General Strike and the Spanish Influenza, the Palmer Raids, and the eponymous Ponzi scheme. I went on a big 20s history bender while I was in Gainesville.
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