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Student Resolution for Prohibition

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In 1917, a group of high school students from Flemington, New Jersey, submitted a resolution to Elijah Hutchinson, who represented their House district, supporting a bill introduced by Congressman Asbury Lever in support of the prohibition of alcohol to conserve resources for the impending war. Lever served as Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, and he introduced several bills during the 65th Congress related to the conservation and management of food supplies for national security and defense. H.R. 4961 included the “limitation, regulation, or prohibition of the use of foods, food materials, or feeds in the production of alcohol.” Although the bill became the Lever Food and Fuel Control Act and was signed into law on August 10, 1917, nationwide Prohibition would not take effect until 1920, after the 1919 ratification of the 18th Amendment and the passage of the Volstead Act.

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