Wednesday, October 31, 2007

April 7, 1933 - An Epochal Event in the Onward March of Humanity

April 7, 1933 was a good day for HL Mencken. That was the day that Prohibition lapsed. Americans could drink beer again. ( As Marion Elizabeth Rodgers wrote, " reporter had worked harder than Mencken to bring about Prohibition's end."

Mencken reportedly said, "Under the leadership of a personable, attractive and forceful man,we have cast off the cursed yoke imposed by a parcel of umbrella-brandishing halitotic harridans who forced the standards of Goosetown and Waterville, Ohio, upon New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Union Hill, New Jersey."

"Perhaps the first time in history that any of essential liberties of man has been gained without the wholesale emission of blood."

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