Before the 18th Amendment was adopted the Drys were on the sensational side of the Prohibition argument. Effectively they dramatized the evils of liquor, exhibited homes broken, lives wrecked by the Curse of Drink. The Wets, on the defensive, got poor publicity. Adoption of the 18th Amendment reversed the positions. The Wets took to the attack, sensationally dramatized the "failure of Prohibition," exhibited the law's breakdown, stressed bloody methods of enforcement. As defenders of the system their own efforts had brought to pass, the Drys...

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