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Osher Events : Last Call: The Alcoholic Republic and Prohibition
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Date and Time has been changed to: Jan 9, 16, 23, 30 and Feb 6 from 9AM-11AM.
Last Call: The Alcoholic Republic and Prohibition
Daniel Orkent’s bestseller Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition and Ken Burns’ recent PBS series Prohibition revealed that from its start America has been awash in drink. The sailing vessel that brought John Winthrop to the shores of the New World in 1630 carried more beer than water, and the first building constructed by Harvard University was a brewery. In the 1820s, Americans consumed three times as much alcohol per capita as they do today—and liquor flowed so plentifully it was cheaper than tea. "Americans drank from the crack of dawn to the crack of dawn" (W. J. Rorabaugh, The Alcoholic Republic: an American Tradition). That Americans would ever agree to relinquish their booze was as improbable as it was astonishing. Yet we did; in 1920, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution killed the nation's 5th largest industry by banning the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol nationwide. The origins, history and impact of Prohibition in America make for a complex story. In order to pass prohibition, progressives and suffragists made common cause with the Ku Klux Klan—which in turn supported a woman's right to vote. Then champions of the people like liberal Democrat Al Smith fought side-by-side with conservative plutocrats like Pierre du Pont for its repeal. In the end, Prohibition did make a dent in American drinking—at the cost of hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries from bad bootleg alcohol, the making of organized crime—and Las Vegas and NASCA, and changed our country forever.
Kevin P. Dincher, a popular instructor in Bay Area OLLI programs, has over 30 years of experience in education, counseling, and consulting. He has Masters degrees in Organizational Development, Counseling Psychology, Theology, and Philosophy from, respectively, the University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and Fordham University, and has published extensively in a variety of fields. Kevin develops exciting and enriching courses that synthesize history, historical anthropology, theology, psychology and social justice, and is a popular OLLI@SCU instructor.
Long Course, Other Dates: Jan 9, 16, 23, 30 Feb 6
Location: Loyola Hall Room 160
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