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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Volstead, Andrew John 1860-1947. American legislator. As a U.S. representative from Minnesota (1903-1923) he sponsored the Volstead Act (1919), prohibiting the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcoholic beverages.

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  • The voices had grown so strong and so persistent that they could not be ignored any longer, and so, the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, what has come to be known as the Volstead Act was passed and became the law of the land.

    Why Government Isn't Hearing Us

  • The National Prohibition Act, commonly known as the Volstead Act, passed, over President Wilson's veto.

    1919

  • My favorites: Honey's spin on a gin martini is called the Volstead, made from Hayman's Old Tom Gin (from London), white cranberry juice, fresh lime and garnished with cucumber and a sprig of thyme.

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  • Now, Mrs. Davey, I've been told that Americans all went dry, on account of a new religion called the Volstead Act. D'you mean to say you'd tempt a thirsty soldier with a dry martini? "

    Jimgrim and Allah's Peace

  • They finally succeeded and the National Prohibition Act (also called the Volstead

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  • People of this type, who are otherwise law-abiding and patriotic and well-intentioned, protect bootleggers and otherwise violate the Volstead Act with the same faith in the justice of their actions that a group of Middle Western Americans would have in evading a law that prohibited them from planting corn . . .

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • The struggles began with the 1919 passage of the Eighteenth Amendment and the Volstead Act, which forbade the sale and manufacture of ethyl alcohol.

    Kill the Irishman

  • - He vetoed the Volstead Act, seeking to keep America wet (congress over-rode his veto) - He vetoed the racist immigration quotas favored by Republicans at the time (these had to wait for the Harding presidency) - He wrote a good essay on the (lack of) power of the presidency.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Strange Case of Woodrow Wilson

  • Republicans are generally seen as people who take a more socially mainstream, which is to say conservative, position on social issues and will have greater political cover to say something to the effect of “drug use is bad but prohibition is worse and we no longer wish to repeat the failed experiment of the Volstead Act.”

    Friedman Interview, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks The premiere episode showed the Volstead Act (formally the National Prohibition Act) being celebrated with the music of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, though, as Mr. Giordano speculated, a Northeastern group in 1920 would have likely played it slightly differently, adding tuba, banjo and saxophone; so it isn 't a strict re-creation of the ODJB' s recordings.

    Sound of an

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