Tema 6: El Estado paternalista: la intervención estatal como solución o como problema

LIBRO PRINCIPAL: «Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition» de Daniel Okrent

DEBATE: Fecha 29 de septiembre de 2010, 8 pm, Vapiano’s, 18 y M street, Washington DC


“Okrent provides a remarkable breakdown of Prohibition, that uniquely American attempt to banish the sale and consumption of alcohol. In 1919, a constitutional amendment prohibiting the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within the U.S. was ratified and scheduled to go into effect the following year. Okrent traces the roots of the temperance movement, the suffrage movement, and the anti-immigrant sentiment that added sustained fuel to the cause. He also unravels the complicated politics of the era, providing insight into why the Eighteenth Amendment was pushed through and how it was eventually repealed. After Prohibition went into effect, in 1920, the course of American life and culture was profoundly altered in both large and small ways. Everyone knows about the rise of the gangster era, but what is less well documented are the reactions and the responses of ordinary American citizens. Okrent asks and answers some important questions in this fascinating exploration of a failed social experiment. –Margaret Flanagan, co. Booklist”



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