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Born Sober: Prohibition in Oklahoma, 1907-59

Born Sober: Prohibition in Oklahoma, 1907-59

Jimmie Lewis Franklin

Language: English

Pages: 212

ISBN: 0806109645

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Book by Franklin, Jimmie Lewis

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who disgrace . . . the father ofour country by calling themselves 'Sons of Washington,' the lower class German American [s] . . . the Citizen's League, gamblers," and disgruntled politicians "of the baser sort and all the lawless anarchist class to overthrow our law." The liquor interests would like nothing more than to defeat the church and all good Christians by making the \ I B ORN SOBER law inoperative, "bring it into disfavor [and] secure its [re] peal by re-submission."45 The Methodists,

agency system, and thus sought to redeem themselves of the error committed nearly three years earlier. In January, 19 1 1 , the legislature considered a bill designed to abolish the dispen­ saries and to provide for the suspension of derelict officials. 10 As finally drawn, the legislation significantly altered the Bill­ ups bill. The provision granting the governor authority to remove officers who did not perform their duties was deleted, but the state agency (including the state enforcement

enacted [it] not for the sake of making legal intoxicating liquors, but for the sake of revenue, as though a purely destruc- 1 08- When Congress submitted the Twenty-first Amendment to the states, the Oklahoma legislature was in session. Despite the many grave economic problems which faced the law­ makers, repeal and beer attracted considerable debate. Even prior to congressional action, wets in the state legislature had pushed in vain to amend the prohibition section of the state constitution.

of financially hard-pressed Okla­ homa; the tax angle was "not the proper way to approach the liquor question."49 To wets who had assured themselves of Phillips' active support of their plan because of its revenue features, his announcement came as an excruciating jolt. On the other hand, drys were not happy with the Gover­ nor's statement. They preferred no election at all, and his willingness to submit the anticipated referendum at the pri­ mary justifiably revived old fears.50 What irritated

should come into the Union as a single state, prohibitionists were determined to have Congress restrict the liquor traffic in the new state's constitution. Since the national government had a moral responsibility for the Indians, and inasmuch as various treaties had guaranteed the tribes protection from alcohol, prohibi­ tionists believed it would be just and legal to continue this policy after statehood.31 Regulation should not, and legally 30 Bureau of the Census, Thirteenth Census of the

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