American Spirits: The Rise And Fall Of Prohibition

American Spirits: The Rise And Fall Of Prohibition

October 19, 2012 – April 28, 2013

Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation.

Created by the National Constitution Center, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is the first comprehensive exhibition about America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup.

Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, this world-premiere exhibition brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life.

Experience the Prohibition era through:


American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is curated by Daniel Okrent, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

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Daniel Okrent

Daniel Okrent

Hatchet Used by Carry Nation, 1901

Hatchet Used by Carry Nation, 1901

From the Collection of the Kansas Historical Society.

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"A Moral and Physical Thermometer"

Courtesy of the Library Company of Philadelphia

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18th Amendment Congressional Resolution and Notification, 1917

18th Amendment Congressional Resolution and Notification, 1917

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives.

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"Mr. Dry" Bar Set, ca. 1920s

On loan from the Museum of American Political Life, University of Hartford.

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Candlestick Telephone Used by Roy Olmstead, ca. 1920

Candlestick Telephone Used by Roy Olmstead, ca. 1920

Courtesy of the Allen Family.

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Tunic-style Dress, 1923

Tunic-style Dress, 1923

Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis.

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Budweiser Beer Bottle, 1933

Budweiser Beer Bottle, 1933

Courtesy of the Anheuser-Busch Archives.

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Anheuser-Busch Beer Case, 1933

Anheuser-Busch Beer Case, 1933

Courtesy of the Anheuser-Busch Archives.

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Certificate of Priority, 1933

Certificate of Priority, 1933

Courtesy of the Anheuser-Busch Archives.

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Prohibition Administrator Badge, 1931

Prohibition Administrator Badge, 1931

Courtesy of the Honorable Newton C. Taylor, executor of the estate of Blanche D. Pennington.

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American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

National Constitution Center’s Speakeasy Silverliner Train Car

National Constitution Center’s Speakeasy Silverliner Train Car

National Constitution Center’s Speakeasy Silverliner Train Car

National Constitution Center’s Speakeasy Silverliner Train Car

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