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The Eighteenth Amendment is the Prohibition amendment -- that is, it outlawed the sale and consumption of alcohol. This is an important primary source to include in the collection because it sets the cultural tone for the jazz age. Consumption of…

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The United States passed the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906 and established federal regulation of food and drug products. It also forbade the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated, misbranded, or poisonous foods, drugs, medicines, and…

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Page 1 of a 1935, Cleveland, Ohio Federal Bureau of Investigation branch report of undercover surveillance of the Black Legion.

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Page 2 of a 1935, Cleveland, Ohio Federal Bureau of Investigation branch report of undercover surveillance of the Black Legion.

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Page 3 of a 1935, Cleveland, Ohio Federal Bureau of Investigation branch report of undercover surveillance of the Black Legion.

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Page 4 of a 1935, Cleveland, Ohio Federal Bureau of Investigation branch report of undercover surveillance of the Black Legion.

This table delineates the different religious denominations to which blacks belonged during the late 1800s. The author uses it as a means of indicating the strength of the black baptist church in the south as opposed to various other protestant…

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A picture of the mormon family. Man has two wives. Interesting because the picture still depicts the husband having two wives, demonstrating a continued perception of the prevalence of the practice of polygamy in the mormon culture, even decades…

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An illustration published in the satirical magazine Puck that condemned the patent medicine industry and the quackery of nostrums. It established the idea that these drugs were the ultimate cause of death and human demise, and perpetuated this notion…

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This is the autobiography of Sarah Bixby Smith, 1871-1935. Smith and her family moved to Los Angeles from San Jaun Bautista when she was six years old, and she gives a detailed account of her life in LA, where she attended public school before going…
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