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June 4, 2018

Prohibition’s Legacy in Pennsylvania

The Keystone State is known for having some of the strictest alcohol laws in the U.S. Where did Pennsylvania’s liquor laws come from, and why are they so strict compared to other states? A look at the gubernatorial administrations of Gifford Pinchot provides some answers.

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April 17, 2018

Of Beer and Taxes: Prohibition’s Connection to the National Income Tax

The topic of Prohibition conjures up visions of speakeasies, flappers, jazz, and hidden flasks. But what about income taxes? In addition to the history of the 18th (1919) and 21st Amendments (1933), there’s another amendment that is crucial to the story of Prohibition. The 16th Amendment, ratified in 1913, made it possible for the federal government to establish a nationwide income tax. While we might not wish to contemplate that history as another Tax Day deadline rolls around, it was crucial for the passage of Prohibition.

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March 14, 2018

At the Shirtwaist Ball

Billed as “the Most Democratic Fete ever attempted in Pittsburgh,” the Equal Franchise Federation held its Suffrage Shirtwaist Ball more than one hundred years ago on Nov. 10, 1916. Though its memory has long since faded, the fundraiser itself was widely attended and lived up to its tagline.

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