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"A BITTER WET-DRY FIGHT :" : HOW AN INFANTRY REGIMENT INFLUENCED THE NEBRASKA PROHIBITION VOTE OF 1944

Author: Lindsey Bauman; Rebecca Mancuso; Amílcar E Challú; Benjamin P Greene; Bowling Green State University,
Publisher: [Bowling Green, Ohio] : Bowling Green State University, 2017.
Dissertation: Thesis (M.S.) Bowling Green State University 2017
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : State or province government publication : eBook   Computer File : English
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This thesis examines the often-overlooked connection between the home front and battle front during World War II, specifically between Nebraska communities and the 134th Infantry Regiment, which was originally part of the Nebraska National Guard. The Allied Dry Forces of Nebraska petitioned to put a prohibition initiative on the state ballot during the election of 1944, while thousands of servicemen were overseas.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Academic theses
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lindsey Bauman; Rebecca Mancuso; Amílcar E Challú; Benjamin P Greene; Bowling Green State University,
OCLC Number: 1000052673
Notes: Title from ETD page (viewed August 07, 2017).
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 89 pages) : illustrations
Other Titles: Bitter wet-dry fight
Responsibility: by Lindsey Bauman.

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This thesis examines the often-overlooked connection between the home front and battle front during World War II, specifically between Nebraska communities and the 134th Infantry Regiment, which was originally part of the Nebraska National Guard. The Allied Dry Forces of Nebraska petitioned to put a prohibition initiative on the state ballot during the election of 1944, while thousands of servicemen were overseas. This case study discusses the ways in which Nebraska residents and servicemen responded to it. Most significant was a petition from members of the 134th Infantry, which was sent to the Committee of Men and Women Against Prohibition to denounce the initiative due to the timing of its proposal. Already viewed as important figures in the war in Europe, their military service gave their voices more credence within the community. A vote against the initiative was portrayed by anti-prohibitionists as a way to support the troops, a resident's patriotic duty during World War II. The servicemen became an essential point of contention and their unexpected involvement in the election ultimately resulted in a bitter struggle between individuals and organizations on both sides. This case study examines how their petition, as well as the letters of other servicemen, impacted the outcome of the vote on the initiative during the election in November.

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