Wisconsin History Day By Day

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"The Decade that Roared: America During Prohibition" by Linda Jacobs Altman

"Prohibition" by Renee Rebman

"Repealing National Prohibition" by David Kyvig



Interesting Fact:

Prohibitionists forced a statewide referendum in Wisconsin in 1851, winning by over three thousand votes, but the legislature did not follow through and liquor remained legal.

Study Questions:

  • How long did Prohibition last?
  • In what ways did Prohibition affect Wisconsin?
  • Prohibition was a result of the 18th amendment. What steps are needed to repeal an amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on December 5:

    1782: U.S. President Martin Van Buren is born.
    1848: The 1849 Gold Rush is triggered when it is confirmed by President James Polk in a speech to Congress that gold had been discovered in California.
    1901: Walt Disney is born in Chicago.

  • December 5

    December 5, 1933: Prohibition ended in the nation, sending 8,500 Wisconsin brewery workers back to work.

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