Brew City Goes Dry (Not Really): Prohibition in Wisconsin

Photo of prohibitionists pouring out alcohol

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6:30pm

Matthew Prigge

When Prohibition was passed in 1920,  the KKK quickly used it as a way to control the groups they saw as enemies of the white Protestant nationalism, including immigrants, Catholics and African Americans. They claimed they were helping 'clean up America.' 

Prohibition was a time when alcohol was illegal. But what did that actually mean? How did it affect people in Wisconsin? Matthew Prigge, a historian and author, shares the story of Milwaukee during Prohibition – when the Cream City had to find less-than-legal means to keep the party going. Milwaukee didn’t stop drinking during Prohibition, but residents had to get awfully creative about how they got their fix. 

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