History 430: Theory and Practice

Document Type

Undergraduate Research

Publication Date

Fall 11-15-2012


Kansas has a long history in fighting for what they want. In the 1850s, prohibition became the topic of concern. Although the federal prohibition mandate in the United States did not begin until 1919 when the 18th amendment was ratified in Congress and signed off by President Harry S. Truman, it began in Kansas in 1880. The count was narrow, but Kansas was passed as a dry state. Because it was not a federal law, people habitually broke it or found ways around it. Up until the prohibition laws was federally passed, saloons filled the towns, especially in Crawford and Cherokee County. Not everyone felt as though this law was needed and felt it was unnecessary. Some of those people were the immigrant coal miners that came to that area.