The Liquor Problem in Politics

Archive Report

Prohibition has emerged as the dominant issue of the 1930 elections in half a dozen or more states, and the impossibility of settling the question during the next two years, in the presence of increasing agitation, points to its reappearance as the paramount issue in the presidential campaign of 1932.

The nomination by the opposing parties of wet and dry candidates for state and federal offices in such states as Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, the appearance of prohibition as the chief issue in political contests in New Jersey, New York, and Illinois, the recommendations of outstanding political leaders for change in the method of liquor control, the prohibition planks of the party platforms in various states, and recent tests of public sentiment on the question—all ...

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