Date of Award

Spring 1971

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This study will seek to reveal the reasons for both the success ad failure of Virginia prohibition in its early years. The focus will be on the Department of Prohibition and its controversial, first commissioner, J. Sidney Peters, from 1916 to 1920. These years saw the shift to either grudging or enthusiastic acceptance of. prohibit ion by many of its former foes, and then a shift in increasing numbers to disillusioned hostility, directed mainly against the Commissioner and his Department.

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