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Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

Prohibition: A Battle in America’s Last Culture War

Professor Gary Gerstle

The extraordinary effort to ban drink must be understood as part of an American culture war, one framed between the country and the city, between the native-born (white Protestants) and foreign-born (Catholics and Jews), between religion and science, between homogeneity and cosmopolitanism, and, of course, between ‘drys’ and ‘wets’. 

The lecture will show how Prohibition animated combatants on both sides, generating two Americas that were barely comprehensible to each other, and how the truce declared during depression and war would not last.

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Gary is the Paul Mellon Professor of American History and a Fellow in History at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge.

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