The Library of Congress > National Jukebox > Playlists of Recordings > Temperance & Prohibition


  • Playlist Creator: Library of Congress
  • Date Playlist Created: 07/06/2011
  • With the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment and impending national prohibition of alcohol, Tin Pan Alley writers produced a plethora of songs about life devoid of intoxicating beverages. Here is a selection of humorous songs and an appropriately titled instrumental selection. Also featured are two temperance songs robustly sung by baritone evangelist Homer Rodeheaver.


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