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Prohibition, the Constitution, and states' rights

Author: Sean Beienburg
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Colorado's legalization of marijuana spurred intense debate about the extent to which the Constitution preempts state-enacted laws and statutes. Colorado's legal cannabis program generated a strange scenario in which many politicians, including many who freely invoke the Tenth Amendment, seemed to be attacking the progressive state for asserting states' rights. Unusual as this may seem, this has happened before - in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Beienburg
ISBN: 9780226631943 022663194X 9780226632131 022663213X
OCLC Number: 1051682871
Description: ix, 322 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Prohibition, now and then --
Alcohol and liberalism : before national prohibition --
Prohibition and federalism : the road to the Sheppard Amendment --
Ratifying and implementing the Sheppard Amendment (1918-21) --
Ratifying and implementing II (1918-21) : the Northeast --
The dry tide recedes (1922-23) --
Constitutional obligations (1923-24) --
Taking alcohol to the people of the states (1925-28) --
The noble experiment (1929-31) --
The dam breaks (1932-33) --
Conclusion: Prohibition and American constitutionalism --
Coda: Pot and popular constitutionalism : Prohibition's lessons for the marijuana legalization debate.
Responsibility: Sean Beienburg.

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Colorado's legalization of marijuana spurred intense debate about the extent to which the Constitution preempts state-enacted laws and statutes. Colorado's legal cannabis program generated a strange scenario in which many politicians, including many who freely invoke the Tenth Amendment, seemed to be attacking the progressive state for asserting states' rights. Unusual as this may seem, this has happened before - in the early part of the twentieth century, as America concluded a decades-long struggle over the suppression of alcohol during Prohibition. Sean Beienburg recovers a largely forgotten constitutional debate, revealing how Prohibition became a battlefield on which skirmishes of American political development, including the debate over federalism and states' rights, were fought. Beienburg focuses on the massive extension of federal authority involved in Prohibition and the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment, describing the roles and reactions of not just Congress, the presidents, and the Supreme Court but political actors throughout the states, who jockeyed with one another to claim fidelity to the Tenth Amendment while reviling nationalism and nullification alike. The most comprehensive treatment of the constitutional debate over Prohibition to date, the book concludes with a discussion of the parallels and differences between Prohibition in the 1920s and debates about the legalization of marijuana today.

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"Anyone who wants to understand the complicated constitutional politics of Prohibition will want to read this detailed, state-by-state account."--Ken I. Kersch, Boston College

 
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