Volstead Fever: Prohibition in Minnesota
Pioneer Public Television
Volstead Fever: Prohibition in Minn. adds local flavor as a complement to the Ken Burns PBS production Prohibition. Prohibition, the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution (1920-1933), prohibited the manufacture, sale, transport, import or export of alcoholic beverages. Upon ratification of the amendment by the states, Congress voted its approval in October 1919 and enacted it into law as the National Prohibition Act of 1920. Andrew Volstead represented western Minnesota in Congress and played a significant role in the war on alcohol in the 1920s as author of the federal prohibition law commonly known as "The Volstead Act." This production features Volstead, Schell's Brewery of New Ulm and the Silver Dollar Bar in Ghent, Minn.