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Classroom Ready: A New Prohibition Primary Source Set

Student Resolution for Prohibition/tiles/non-collection/1/1-25-Prohibition-Primary-Source_StudentRes_c_032-1.xml Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration
About this primary source
In 1917, high school students from Flemington, New Jersey, outlined their support of Prohibition in this resolution sent to their Representative.
Dive into America’s infamous dry period with our new primary source set on Prohibition, geared to teachers and students. The collection is composed of House records and photographs that provide a snapshot of the early 20th century debate over alcohol consumption.

Analyzing primary sources is a great activity to explore historical perspectives and practice critical thinking skills. This Prohibition primary source set is accompanied by a brief contextual essay, discussion questions, and activities to facilitate classroom use. Students can also examine the documents and photographs using our primary source analysis graphic organizers. These worksheets guide students as they investigate the purpose and significance of the primary sources.

We encourage teachers to download and use these materials in their classrooms. Download a PDF of the entire Primary Source Set: Prohibition classroom packet here. The primary source set and the graphic organizers can be used virtually or printed as handouts.

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Representative John Philip Hill Throws a Party to Protest Prohibition/tiles/non-collection/1/1-25-Prohibition-Primary-Source_JollyGood_2007_069_011.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this primary source
Representative John Philip Hill threw a party in 1924 to protest Prohibition.