Papers of the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment and the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform

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Published in cooperation with the Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE.

The Association against the Prohibition Amendment (AAPA) and the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR) were in the forefront of the movement to repeal Prohibition. The AAPA was founded in 1918 and by 1926 claimed a membership of 750,000. In 1928 the association began a sophisticated publicity campaign against Prohibition. It was joined by the WONPR, founded in 1929 by Pauline Morton Sabin, who railed over one million women to the cause.

After the anti-Prohibition organizations celebrated repeal in 1933, they disbanded, and their records were scattered. The papers of the AAPA published here were gleaned from the personal files of Pierre S. du Pont, his brother Irénée, and John Raskob. The WONPR papers come from the files of Alice Belin du Pont, who was active in that group. The entire collection includes the following: correspondence, minutes, financial reports, membership lists, records of lobbying activities, and publications and press releases issued by the AAPA and WONPR.

Number of rolls: 17

Reviews

"These materials on the anti-Prohibition movement are among the more interesting documents giving insight into the political, economic, and social history of the 1920s. They are both fresh and significant and will be of value not only to research scholars but also in the preparation of student papers." -- Frank Feidel, University of Washington

— Frank Feidel [University of Washington]