"THE CURSE OF LIQUOR": FIRST EDITION OF GORDON'S WHEN THE BREWER HAD THE STRANGLEHOLD, 1930
GORDON, Ernest. When the Brewer Had the Stranglehold. New York: Alcohol Information Committee, 1930. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $350.
First edition of Gordon's influential 1930 attack on attempts to repeal the 18th Amendment and end Prohibition, in very scarce dust jacket.
"Anti-Prohibition sentiments were on the rise when Ernest Gordon wrote When the Brewer had the Stranglehold in 1930. Published just three years before Congress would ratify the amendment ending National Prohibition, this book seeks to rally Prohibition supporters with reminders of the times prior to the passage of the 18th Amendment" (Hagley Museum). Drawing on testimony in the 1930 Senate Judiciary Hearing on "Lobby Investigation" and the 1919 Senate "Overman Report, Gordon attacks groups such as the German-American Alliance, the U.S. Brewers' Association, Teamsters and the AFL, and the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment, claiming these groups and brewers carried out "a vast underground legal trade" to control the press, government and the judiciary, and conduct widespread election fraud (96). A decade later he further blamed Wall Street and the liquor industry in The Wrecking of the 18th Amendment (1943). Gordon, whose father founded the Gordon Theological School of Boston, also authored a number of religious books. Library of Congress I:11540.
Book fine; light edge-wear and soiling, small closed tears to spine head of scarce near-fine dust jacket.