Prohibition (finally) ends

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 5:15pm

Tyler voted Tuesday to go wet.
That marks a change that was over 75 years in the making.
America had her flirtation with prohibiting alcohol back in the 1920’s.
But for Tyler, it lasted until yesterday.
Well, with one exception.
You may think the most successful single-issue lobbying organization in history is the National Rifle Association.
But it was actually the Anti-Saloon League at the turn of the century.
With members like Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller, the Klan and the NAACP, it ultimately exerted enough influence to secure the passage of the 18th Amendment in 1920, and booze was made illegal.
Tyler had actually prohibited booze earlier around 1910.
Prohibition b led to the Roaring 20’s, bootlegging, Al Capone, speakeasies, and widespread violation of the law.
So, by 1933, America had had enough and prohibition was repealed, even in Tyler. But like Puxatawny Phil on Groundhog Day, the city poked it’s head out of prohibition, looked around, didn’t like what it saw, and went right back in.
So we were dry for the latter 2/3rds of the 30’s. Dry through the 40’s. They tried a liquor election in 195O. And it failed. And we go another 25-26 years and try again in 1976. And it failed.
And will the wet forces drop the final shoe, sale of liquor?
Probably not for a couple of years, until the dust from this vote settles a bit.

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