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...

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