How Racism and Xenophobia Turned America Dry

CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of racial, immigrant and gendered violence, slurs and epithets, outdated language, addiction, violence

When you think of Prohibition, the most common stories told today revolve around women and suffrage. Women who were subjected to the brutality of the working-class man, who stopped by a rowdy saloon before coming home and at best, neglecting his family and at worse, completing acts of domestic violence.

These stories are true. Alcohol was the scapegoat to the toxic masculinity and sexism that women…