Re: The Wages of Sin (Chapter Four)
I don't much about Prohibition either. But check this out:http://memory.loc.gov/learn///features/ ... rohib.html
The temperance movement certainly had a religious element, but so did just about everything in those days. I read on another site that drinking was considered a huge social problem in those days. Liquor was believed to be a great destroyer of men and women and families.
Something that shocked me was that the U.S. government, frustrated by its lack of success with Prohibition, actually started poisoning liquor, knowing full well that people would die from drinking it.
Wikipedia: "The prohibition, or "dry", movement began in the 1840s, spearheaded by pietistic religious denominations, especially the Methodists. The late 19th century saw the temperance movement broaden its focus from abstinence to all behavior and institutions related to alcohol consumption. Preachers such as Reverend Mark A. Matthews linked liquor-dispensing saloons with prostitution."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prohibitio ... ted_States