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Prohibition, Ohio


The rural and quiet city of Hillsboro, in southern Ohio, was ground zero for the American temperance movement that would usher in Prohibition in the United States. It was the birthplace and life-long residence of early temperance leader Eliza Jane Thompson (1816-1905), who's "Women's Crusade" began saying prayers and singing hymns outside of taverns and saloons in Hillsboro in an effort to convince the patrons - and even owners - to put down the demon drink. This movement quickly spread to other states, morphing into the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WTCU), and inspiring the likes of Carrie Nation (a decidedly more direct sister of the cause) in the process. The WCTU and the Anti-Saloon League were the social and political (respectively) juggernauts that paved the way for the passage of the 18th Amendment and accompanying Volstead Act, banning the sale and consumption of alcohol in the United states from 1920 to 1933.

To honor her contributions to the history and culture of American drink we say, "Lizzie, this bud's for you."

P.S. It should be noted that neither Lauren nor myself have shotgunned a beer since college and that was...awhile ago.


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