Date of Award
Master of Arts
Journalism & Strategic Media
At the dawn of national Prohibition, the movement had large support in national media; by repeal, the media was leading the charge against the Dry movement. This thesis posits that journalism of the age helped shape the narrative around the enactment of the 18th Amendment and was equally culpable in ultimately getting repeal passed. Study of many newspapers of the era reveal a shift in narrative over the course of the early 20th century, as Prohibition went from movement to reality to past in just over three decades. Variables like religious affiliation, views on suffrage, organized crime and even the dichotomy between urban and rural life could and did reshape narratives over the life of the temperance movement. Research remains to be done on the subject, but this finding offers a clear change in tone from the start of Prohibition and its repeal.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Wilson, Robert Colby, "Whiskey and Write: How Journalism Shaped the Rise and Fall of Prohibition" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2085.