History of the Movement

Anti-Saloon League Is Formed

A new organization is formed under the motto, "The Saloon Must Go" and uses local churches to carry its message to the people. Read more.

Growing Influence

The League struggled through the 1890's with organizational and financial difficulties until they threw their support into an unlikely Democratic candidate for Ohio governor and won. Read more.

Getting the Word Out

The American Issue Publishing Company headquarters are moved to Westerville and the League receives major funding and support from prominent leaders. Read more.

The March to National Prohibition

In 1913, the League switched its sights from local option to the big picture - national prohibition. Read more.

Patriotism's Role in the Ratification

The anti-German sentiment during World War I gave the League a tool to use against the saloons, leading to the passage of the 18th amendment. Read more.

Post-Ratification: Educate or Enforce

Wayne Wheeler felt that enforcement issues should be the main focus of the League, while Ernest Cherrington, felt that emphasis should be on educating the public concerning the dangers of alcohol. Read more.

The Unraveling of National Prohibition

The loss of prominent leaders, a lack of funding and supporters, as well as the Great Depression led to the repeal of the 18th amendment. Read more.

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