Urging Prohibition during Wartime

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James Corbett, secretary of the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, addressed this resolution to John Morin, the House Member who represented Pittsburgh. Corbett wrote the letter on May 9, 1917, in response to the recent entry of the United States into World War I. He recommended halting the manufacture of drinking alcohol during wartime to preserve sparse resources, such as wheat, corn, rye, and barley. Although the focus of this resolution was on wartime sacrifice rather than morality and religion, its message was a harbinger of nationwide Prohibition that would go into effect in 1920.

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