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“The people's will”: Canadians and the 1898 referendum on alcohol prohibition

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  • Dostie, Benoit
  • Dupré, Ruth

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The 1920s American alcohol prohibition is notorious but not unique. Quite a few countries went through a vigorous struggle. But it is in Canada in 1898 that the very first national referendum on prohibition in the world took place. In this article, we focus on this rare and neglected event in Canadian history, in which the government came close but finally did not impose prohibition.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Explorations in Economic History.

Volume (Year): 49 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 498-515

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Handle: RePEc:eee:exehis:v:49:y:2012:i:4:p:498-515

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Keywords: Prohibition; Temperance; Referendum; Alcohol; Canada;

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