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When We Were Dry: Vermont Prohibition

University of Toronto
Vermont's first bout with prohibition lasted from the mid-1800s through 1902.

Vermont prides itself on being out in front on a lot of issues. That includes prohibition, which was enacted in 1852, 70 years before the federal law prohibiting the sale of alcohol. Vermont's temperance lasted until 1902.

We speak with Adam Krakowski, author of the new book, "Vermont Prohibition: Teetotalers, Bootleggers & Corruption." He explains why Vermont went dry and what prohibition looked like during that time. And he discusses the long lasting effects of the law.

Also on the program, we get an update from VPR's John Dillon who is at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Plus, we return to Summer School where VPR's Al Keefe teaches us how to behave at a Renaissance Faire.

 Broadcast live on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.