Feb. 27 at JCC: “Jews and Booze” in the Prohibition Era

by Borderstan.com February 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,782 0

Marni, David, DC, JCC, Jews, Prohibition

Monday, February 27 at the DC JCC, 16th and Q NW: “Jews and Booze” (Image courtesy JCC)

What: Authors Out Loud presents Marni Davis, “Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition.” Davis, the author, is Assistant Professor of History at Georgia State University.

When: Monday, February 27, 7:30 pm.

Where: Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW.

Admission: $10;  for member, students with ID and seniors, $8. Purchase tickets online.

Overview: “At the turn of the century, American Jews and prohibitionists viewed one another with growing suspicion. Jews believed that all Americans had the right to sell and consume alcohol, while prohibitionists insisted that alcohol commerce and consumption posed a threat to the nation’s morality
and security.

“The two groups possessed incompatible visions of what it meant to be a productive and patriotic American — and in 1920, when the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution made alcohol commerce illegal, Jews discovered that anti-Semitic sentiments had mixed with anti-alcohol ideology, threatening their reputation and their standing in American society.” (JCC)

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