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Police from Boston's Division 9 with casks seized during Prohibition, circa 1930. (Boston Public Library/flickr)
Police from Boston's Division 9 with casks seized during Prohibition, circa 1930. (Boston Public Library/flickr)
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How did America get to the point of outlawing alcoholic beverages? And what are the lessons for us, today, from the prohibition era?

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Lisa McGirr, professor of history at Harvard University and author of the new book, "The War On Alcohol: Prohibition And The Rise Of The American State."

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Boston.com: If You're A Democrat, Maybe It's Because Your Grandparents Hated Prohibition

  • "It's fun and illuminating to think about how historical events created the social and political landscape we live in today: Abraham Lincoln's bold actions during the Civil War are credited with giving birth to the strong executive powers presidents now wield; the Civil Rights movement led African American voters into the Democratic Party, and turned the South into solid Republican territory."

This segment aired on November 9, 2015.

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