Analysis Of The Book ' The Last Call '

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The Last Call is a scintillating account of a fascinating era in America’s history when the Constitution was amended to prohibit a pastime product that had become famous with Americans: alcoholic beverages. The book gives an account that since the discovery of America, the country has been awash in beer. It is believed that the ship that carried John Winthrop to the coast of the country brought more beer than water. Over time, liquor became available and inexpensive that by 1820, it had become cheaper than tea. The author makes a strong case of how the movement played a far great role in progressive politics than it is thought. Okrent vividly gives the account of what life was like during Prohibition and how such amendment interfered with the peoples’ private lives, at the same time changing the country.
In this book, written with historical acuity, there is a revelation of how the Prohibition era marked a convergence of different forces. The women’s suffrage movement was gaining a growing political power, and it allied itself with the campaign to ban liquor. Besides, the small-town Protestants were afraid of ceding control of the country to the new settlers that had occupied the large cities. Other forces included the anti-German attitudes, growth of the automobile industry, and the implementation of the income tax. However, through all this, Americans did not quit drinking and went to great lengths to continue enjoying their beverages. The Last Call makes use of a variety…
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