This project provides a new narrative of national Prohibition in the 1920s. The book charts the experience of ordinary Americans during Prohibition, which was the law of the land from 1920 to 1933, and examines how this radical experiment altered American political culture during this period and beyond.
The research partners will aid in completion of the manuscript through a variety of tasks: students will hunt down sources needed for individual chapters, conduct newspaper and archival research, check source citations, provide summaries of primary source materials, and help build the bibliography. Solid research skills, an ability to work independently, and a joy in engaging in historical detective work are desired. Close involvement in working on the production of a book will enable students to learn what is involved in historical research and writing. In turn, I will benefit a great deal by working more efficiently and effectively on the project with the aid of research partners.