Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Harl Dalstrom


On November 7, 1916, a majority of Nebraska voters made prohibition part of their state constitution. Four years before the nation adopted the Eighteenth Amendment, some dry advocates considered Nebraska to be one of the dryest states in the union. In 1919 Nebraska became the thirty-sixth state to ratify that same amendment, which passed the legislature with only one negative vote in both houses. The election of 1916 and the ratification in 1919 culminated a sometimes bitter fight that had raged in the state since the 1870's.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Timothy L. Shipman April, 1987.

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