At the turn of the century, American Jews and prohibitionists viewed one another with growing suspicion. Jews believed Americans had the right to sell and consume alcohol, while prohibitionists insisted alcohol threatened the nation’s morality. In 1920, when alcohol was declared illegal, Jews discovered that anti-Semitic sentiments had mixed with anti-alcohol ideology, threatening their reputation and standing in American society.
Marni Davis is assistant professor of history at Georgia State University and is the author of Jews and Booze (NYU Press; January 1, 2012)
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