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Hoover Administration, Herbert

The administration of Herbert Hoover is in many ways inseparable from the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the era of Prohibition. Hoover was one of Prohibition's most ardent supporters. In his memoir, he spoke of Prohibition as a movement to realign American society and as “a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.”

Arguments supporting the prohibition of alcohol were firmly transplanted by Hoover into other spheres such as the curtailment of illegal gambling and illicit narcotics.

On February 21, 1930, President Hoover sent a message to the meeting of the World Conference on Narcotic Education, “I earnestly commend the work of the World Conference on Narcotic Education for its recognition of the menace to society in the excessive ...

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