Prohibition: Its Economic and Industrial Aspects

Prohibition: Its Economic and Industrial Aspects

Prohibition: Its Economic and Industrial Aspects

Prohibition: Its Economic and Industrial Aspects

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The occasion for this study was the preparation of a series of twenty articles for the press, each dealing with some specific economic or industrial aspect of prohibition. The findings were the result of an investigation conducted over a wide area, including an elaborate questionnaire survey. The writer is indebted to a large number of industrial concerns, government officials, trade association secretaries, insurance agents, social service executives, brewers, distillers, trade union agents and others -- in all, some two thousand persons -- who supplied the information contained here.

This study is not put forward as complete or exhaustive, and should not be regarded as more than a preliminary survey. In some instances the facts were almost inextricable and the author has merely done what he could with them under the conditions. The original articles have, however, been enlarged and thoroughly revised, and new material, such as an appendix dealing with alcoholic deaths, added.

The conclusions reached, which are summarized in Chapter XXI, relate only to the one phase of prohibition discussed -- the economic and industrial aspects. Since the question as a whole involves many other considerations -- moral, legal, administrative, political, social -- I have avoided entirely the controversial issue as to whether or not the Eighteenth Amendment should have been passed or liquor legislation should have taken the particular form of the Volstead Act, nor do I offer suggestions as to what should be done about the prohibition laws to-day. The reasons for limiting the range of this . . .

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