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No Beer No Work Pin

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This is a replica of a pin worn by workmen, possibly brewery workers, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1919. “No Beer, No Work” was the slogan of American trade unionists opposed to Prohibition. Calling it a “threatened attack on the personal liberty of every citizen,” they objected not only to the loss of their favorite beverage, but also to the loss of tens of thousands of brewing, malting, printing, coopering, and related jobs. More details...
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Protesting Prohibition: “No Beer, No Work.”

This is a replica of a pin worn by workmen, possibly brewery workers, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1919. “No Beer, No Work” was the slogan of American trade unionists opposed to Prohibition. Calling it a “threatened attack on the personal liberty of every citizen,” they objected not only to the loss of their favorite beverage, but also to the loss of tens of thousands of brewing, malting, printing, coopering, and related jobs.

Despite their best efforts, the 18th Amendment, which banned the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating beverages, took effect January 16, 1920. Although alcohol consumption declined during the dozen years of Prohibition, the ban also stimulated bootlegging, crime, corruption, and a widespread disrespect for the law.

By 1932, Americans had tired of the criminal side-effects of Prohibition, and three years into the Great Depression, they hoped that legalizing alcohol would create desperately needed jobs. On April 25, 1933, Wisconsin voters approved the 21st Amendment repealing Prohibition, and Prohibition ended nationwide on December 5 of that year.

This pin is a replica of a 1919 pin in the collection of the Wisconsin Historical Museum (object 1970.211)

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