Alabama implemented statewide prohibition in 1915, four years before the entire nation went dry.

After national Prohibition ended in 1933, an “unholy alliance between the lawbreakers and the preachers” kept many of Alabama’s 67 counties dry, according to Hardy Jackson, Jacksonville State University’s Eminent Scholar in History. Today, only one county remains completely dry.

Many counties, however, held out for years because the bootleggers wanted to keep their money out of the tax-collectors hands. The preachers wanted to keep alcohol out of the mainstream.

Fifty photos of prohibition enforcers at work in Alabama.

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