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Why the true story of Prohibition matters today

November 15, 2012 By Daniel Okrent

Bestselling author Daniel Okrent, the curator of our new American Spirits exhibit, talks about the real story of Prohibition and why its central debate is still relevant today.

Why marijuana prohibition isn’t currently working

November 14, 2012 By Daniel Okrent

When Colorado and Washington voters passed measures legalizing recreational marijuana last week, they demonstrated — probably unknowingly — a rueful familiarity with the failure of Prohibition.

Booze on Election Day was an American tradition

November 2, 2012 By NCC Staff

In our “American Spirits” exhibit at the National Constitution Center, visitors learn in detail the long path of excessive drinking that led to the 18th Amendment. And one of those traditions was heavy drinking and the buying of votes on Election Day.

Eastern State Penitentiary lends Prohibition relic to NCC

October 26, 2012 By NCC Staff

As part of our American Spirits exhibit, one of our local partners has loaned us three very interesting artifacts related to Prohibition.

Prohibition exhibit opens at the National Constitution Center

October 19, 2012 By NCC Staff

The National Constitution Center’s American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibition is open for business, making its national debut in Philadelphia.

Quiz: How much do you know about the days before Prohibition?

October 16, 2012 By NCC Staff

The National Constitution Center’s new “American Spirits” exhibit is open. But can you pass a 10-question quiz about the events that led up to the nation’s craziest decade: the Prohibition era?

Artifact alert: The violent legend of Carry Nation

October 9, 2012 By NCC Staff

One of the featured artifacts at the National Constitution Center’s “American Spirits” exhibit is Carry Nation’s hatchet, which was feared by saloon goers nationwide at the start of the 20th century.

10 things you need to know about Prohibition

September 19, 2012 By NCC Staff

As the National Constitution Center gets ready to open its “American Spirits” exhibition next month, we look back at the 10 big things you need to know about Prohibition.

New movie shines light on Prohibition moonshiners

August 31, 2012 By Scott Bomboy

The new movie “Lawless” takes on a recently popular topic, moonshiners, back in the final days of Prohibition.

Seven of our favorite presidential imbibers

August 17, 2012 By Anita Dumas

As we think back to the time of Prohibition, we can’t help but to reflect in turn on some of our favorite past presidents who were noted for their drinking habits.

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