James Kences  |  York in American HistoryNotes: In this essay, James Kences traces the gro...

York in American History: Temperance and the Maine Law of 1851 – Seacoastonline.com

James Kences  |  York in American HistoryNotes: In this essay, James Kences traces the growth of the temperance movement in York that was part of a larger movement that led in 1851 to the Maine Law that prohibited the sale and manufacturer of alcoholic beverages. The “Maine Law” was repealed in 1858 and replaced by one that allowed the limited sale of alcohol as a beverage. Throughout this period, enforcement was a problem and bootlegging was commonplace. The Maine situation was part of a national effort to ban or at least regulate alcoholic beverages, which eventually led to the 18th Amendment …

 

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