KANSAS: Kansas Capitulation

Since the 1850s, when local option laws prohibited the sale of liquor to "any man against the known wishes of his wife," Kansas had made it tough—but not impossible—for a man to get a drink. By 1880, Kansas drys decided that they could trust neither the bartenders nor the wives, adopted an amendment flatly prohibiting the sale or possession of liquor.

The dry-hards held Kansas for nearly 70 years. In 1933, they rejected the federal repeal amendment (21st) with the offended aloofness of a preacher declining a Sazerac. Many a hypocrite, it was...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!