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Make the connection between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the repeal of Prohibition.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
from American Presidents

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Roosevelt was opposed to prohibition. The federal government needed the tax revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages during the Depression. Additionally, Roosevelt and the Democratic Party wanted to build relationships with immigrant communities, and this portion of the electorate leaned heavily against Prohibition. Shortly after his first 100 days in office, President Roosevelt sent a bill to Congress that would repeal Prohibition.

Will Rogers
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Humorist Will Rogers believed that Prohibition would be a failure. His feelings are traced back to his youth in the Cherokee Nation where alcohol was largely prohibited. He did not feel that Prohibition was a practical way of dealing with the dangers of alcohol. Will Rogers did not want government to intervene into people's private lives and regulate the consumption of alcohol.

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