American Prohibition: Myth and HIstorical Memory

Event Type: Social Issues / History
Age Group(s): Adults, All Ages
Date: 7/11/2013
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
 Most people, and particularly journalists, believe that they know what happened when the United States adopted the Prohibition Constitutional Amendment after World War I and was laterrepealed in 1933. In fact, this commonplace historical memory is based largely on myth and misunderstanding. What really happened turns out to be more interesting and with different current significances than one might expect.

Presented by John Burnham who is research professor of history at The Ohio State University. He is the author of a dozen books in the fields of medical history and social history, including Bad Habits: Drinking, Smoking, Taking Drugs, Gambling, Sexual Misbehavior, and Swearing in American History. Dr. Burnham has taught at various universities in Australia as a Fulbright Lecturer, and at Bowdoin College as Tallman Professor. Before coming to Ohio State, he was a faculty member at Stanford, Claremont McKenna College, and San Francisco State University.

Library: Tremont Road - Main Library    Directions
Location: Friends Theater
Presenter: Dr. John Burnham