Association Against the Prohibition Amendment
Founded: 1918 by Capt. William Stayton
The Association Against the Prohibition Amendment was the first group organized around the exclusive goal of a complete repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment. The purpose of the AAPA is found in their mission statement: “[T]he Association Against Prohibition Amendment demands redress of these wrongs through restoration to the several States of the right of their people to enact such liquor laws as they may respectively choose, the abolition of the old-time saloon having paved the way for sound and enlightened legislation by them for the control, or, if they wish, for the prohibition of the liquor trade, provided that such legislation shall not conflict with the duty of the Federal Government to protect each State against violation of its laws by citizens of other States; and be it therefore further Resolved, that the Eighteenth Amendment must be Repealed.” As can be seen, the AAPA believed that alcohol regulations should be the responsibility of each state government. They believed that state governments could better create, adapt, and enforce laws than the federal government, particularly with issues relating to Prohibition. It was funded by voluntary donation.
The AAPA operated with a three-prong approach to repeal: research, informational services, and political work. The organization researched the real-life results of Prohibition. They then printed and disseminated their research findings in informational booklets. The AAPA also worked to elect representatives that would vote to repeal Prohibition.
Originally, the AAPA refused any donations from breweries, distilleries, or other commercial interests relating to alcohol. However, by 1928, the AAPA was accepting fiscal support from these businesses. Some supporters include: V. Lowers and Gambrinus Brewing Co., Eberhard Anheuser, Milwaukee West Malt Co., and A.A. Bush, Jr.
Gebhart, John. “Movement Against Prohibition.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 163 (Sept 1932): 172-180. JSTOR. Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA. 16 Nov 2007 <http://www.cornellcollege.edu/library>.
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. Presidential Papers: Subject Files. Prohibition—Judiciary Committee Hearings. March 19-July 15, 1930 and Undated.
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