Archive for the ‘Prohibition’ Category

Footnote Examples

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Online Footnotes

Primary and Secondary Source Footnotes

Proposal

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Proposal 1st Draft Prohibition

Good v. Bad Online Source

Friday, September 11th, 2009

http://prohibition.osu.edu/

This is a good online source because there is a lot of different information about the Prohibition as well as the Temperance Movement. There are specific sub-sections that lead me to other information such as The Anti-Saloon League and cartoons from the Prohibition Party.  There is also a credits link, which shows sources that they used while doing their research. Austin Kerr wrote a the book Organized for Prohibition:  A New History of the Anti-Saloon League as well as contributing to this website.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/dis…

This is a blog with one person asking the simple question if the Volstead Act (Federal Law prohibiting alcohol) should be resurrected. There is a continuous array of answers the the question. There are many people abusing the blog and simply putting random questions and facts, or straying completely off topic.

Ten Bibliography Sources

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Ten Bibliography Sources

Worksheet for My Topic and Three Questions

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Worksheet for My Topic

I looked in Simpson Library for Prohibition research to narrow down my topic, as well as find resources for my paper. I found Perry Duis, The Saloon : Public Drinking in Chicago and Boston, 1880-1920. I also found a book on Google Books by Linda Gordon: Heroes of Their Own Lives: The Politics and History of Family Violence–Boston, 1880-1960. These books will help me understand the family dynamics before, during, and after the Prohibition era. I used Prohibition and Prohibition==United States==History for my subject headings for my library searches.

I used the search engine Bing.com to get a more accurate search for my specific topic. In looking I found this summary of the Prohibition on  http://history1900s.about.com/od/1920s/p/prohibition.htm . It mentions the actual amount of crime going on and the effect the act had on the families. It also provided more links to similar topics, but I noticed there were no references or a bibliography.

I talked to Professor Ferrell about my research this semester. I went into the meeting with a broad set of topics on Prohibition like the increased crime rate and the business aspects of breweries being shut down for 13 years. She gave me a few examples of what to discuss in a paper. I think that she thought that I had a ‘so what?’ before I came in, but she gave me a few ideas to work with like the dynamics of family life before and after the 18th amendment. She also mentioned the specific cities that I could study as well as people involved with crime in those cities such as Al Capone.

The primary source chosen for my topic of Prohibition is Ernest Hurst Cherrington’s Standard Encyclopedia of the Alcohol Problem.  This encyclopedia has 6 volumes and contains terms used to describe alcohol, alcoholism, medical terms, doctors, and groups for the Prohibition Movement.  There are also some colored illustrations as well as photographs of important figures contributing to the Prohibition cause. The volume of encyclopedias was written between the years 1925-1930.

There are many secondary resources in the Simpson Library that I have yet to look through.  There are reference books in multiple volumes that deal with the Prohibition era that will help me and possibly lead me to other primary sources.  I haven’t spoken to my professor yet about my specific topic, but what we go over in class is mostly the ‘so what?’ factor about a good research paper, which is what my research needs.

Three Questions:

1) What were the problems with family (violence) before the Prohibition era (18th amendment)?

2) Where these problems solved or where they enhanced due to the 18th amendment?

3) Did the 21st amendment help decrease or increase family violence?

Meeting with Professor Ferrell

Friday, September 4th, 2009

I met with Professor Ferrell on Tuesday, September 1st to discuss my topic of interest, Prohibition.  I went in there with a few broad ideas of what I wanted to discuss in my paper. I asked about the increased crime rate during the thirteen years of the 18th amendment and she asked me, “Well, what about the increased crime rate would you want to talk about?” I knew then that I had to focus my topic down to a more narrow point, and definitly cover the, ’so what?’ factor that everyone is trying so hard to get. She gave me a few ideas of her own, just as examples of a good, narrow, persuasive topic. She discussed the difference between the 30’s and the 20’s Prohibition and what the Depression had to do with reinstating the production of alcohol. She also suggested researching the family dynamic shift during these times, the doctor’s perspective on alcoholism during this time, and focusing in on a city or person of crime using Chicago and Al Capone as examples. Professor Ferrell helped me use our online Simpson Library resources here at Mary Washington and even helped me find the primary source that I used for the previous assignment. She recommended that I see Jake Bales in the library sometime this semester so that he can point me in the right direction for where to find the best resources for my specific topic.

Primary Source Analysis

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Cherrington, Ernest Hurst, Albert Porter, William Eugene Johnson, Cora Frances Stoddard eds., Standard Encyclopedia of the Alcohol Problem. 6 vols. Westerville, OH: American Issue Publishing Company, 1925.

The primary source chosen for my topic of Prohibition is Ernest Hurst Cherrington’s Standard Encyclopedia of the Alcohol Problem.  This encyclopedia has 6 volumes and contains terms used to describe alcohol, alcoholism, medical terms, doctors, and groups for the Prohibition Movement.  There are also some colored illustrations as well as photographs of important figures contributing to the Prohibition cause. The volume of encyclopedias was written between the years 1925-1930.

You know right away Cherrington’s view of Prohibition by the title of the encyclopedia’s itself, Standard Encyclopedia of the Alcohol Problem. Cherrington realized that there needed to be more information on alcohol and its effects available world-wide, so he created this encyclopedia. Prohibition became an idea contemplated by many nations after the United States took hold to it, and he felt that a comprehensive universal understanding was needed. Cherrington supported the Temperance Movement during the late 19th century and helped established the World League of Alcohol in 1893.  He believed education would help people understand the hazards of alcohol.

I will use this source for my paper in multiple ways.  I will use it to look up leaders of Prohibition Movement as well as terms relative to alcoholism.  Since my research topic is about alcohol and the family dynamics during Prohibition, I will also use the encyclopedia to see these terms defined through eyes of a man supporting the movement. That could help me understand the time period and the ways in which he saw the ‘world-wide alcohol problem’ and use it as a primary source. One problem that I could potentially have would to be not able to see Prohibition through someone who does not support it.  I will have to find more primary sources to use as reference so I can determine which side of the argument I want to take.

Prohibition: The Effect of Alcoholism on the American Family

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

My research this semester will be devoted to the Prohibition era in America during the 1920’s.  I want to narrow my focus on the structure of the American family and how Prohibition affected the traditional domestic roles of all members. The research will argue whether Prohibition brought peace to the home with responsible parents and structured lives, or if it created more problems with crime and trafficking illegal alcohol than the 18th amendment’s intended solution. I want to research more historians using secondary and primary sources to decide which angle of the argument I want to take and then find sources and facts to back my argument.

Brainstorm: The American Microbrewery Decline During Prohibition

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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I am thinking of researching the decline of the American brewery business after the 18th amendement was passed. I am thinking about discussing which companies remained successful and why, as well as  and why many others fell apart.