How Dry I Ain't: Prohibition - The Ignoble Experiment That Failed
Oct 20, 2020 8:00 AM
John T Freeman, Teacher and Historian
How Dry I Ain't: Prohibition - The Ignoble Experiment That Failed

This year we celebrate the centennial of the beginning of the Volstead Act (1920-33), the enforcement legislation of the 18th Amendment - Prohibition. The 13 years of Prohibition have been sensationalized, primarily because of gang violence and dramatic law enforcement methods. This presentation will focus on the less dramatic activities of citizens in our area, who found ways to circumvent what President Herbert Hoover called "the noble experiment" with a much more relaxed attitude.

John Freeman was born, educated and has lived his entire life in San Francisco. He has a BA in History from USF and a Master's from S.F. State University. After teaching in San Francisco public high schools for 35 years, he retired and pursued his passion for San Francisco history - in depth. He has published numerous articles in print and online and has presented in a variety of settings, including podcasts. The topic of how the Bay Area reacted to the 13 years of Prohibition has only fragmented, anecdotal pieces, which piqued his curiosity to research the topic further, with an emphasis on how Marin County dealt with this "ignoble experiment."