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The Bemidji Daily Pioneer, January 16, 1919

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer, January 16, 1919

The temperance movement became more organized in the late 19th century and early 20th century, with the creation of the Women's Christian Temperance Union and the Anti-Saloon League. The effort intended to ban the sale of alcohol at a state level, but soon the "drys" wanted a more permanent, national solution. In December 1917, the U.S. House and Senate passed a resolution to send the 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution to the states for ratification. On January 16, 1919, Nebraska became the 36the state to ratify, making the 18th amendment a federal law. The amendment banned the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol.

Minnesota ratified the 18th amendment the next day, January 17, 1919. The state was split about Prohibition. The WCTU was very active in Minnesota, yet the state was home to many breweries and groups who favored the freedom to have a drink.

You can view all four pages of the January 16, 1919 Bemidji Daily Pioneer on the Minnesota Newspaper Hub. At the bottom of the front page, you will see a letter to editor about the medicinial benefits of whiskey.

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