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The Anti-Saloon League (ASL), an organization advocating prohibition, was established in Ohio in 1893, although other similarly purposed organizations had existed before that date throughout the United States. The ASL's printing arm, American Issue Printing Company, published over forty tons of material and distributed it throughout the United States with the support of churches, mainly evangelical churches. Its effectiveness overtook the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), the national Prohibition Party, and other organizations.
As the West matured with the coming of railroads, building of towns, and establishment of rural life, morality entered these communities through the law and churches, which were chief supporters of the ASL and Prohibition. Civilization came at a price: the desire of members of the community to be beneficiaries of law and ...