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Frank Browning

Frank Browning is an author and journalist who has written seven books including The American Way of Crime and The Fate of Gender. Raised on an apple farm in Kentucky, he was a longtime reporter for National Public Radio in Washington, California and Paris where he currently resides and is completing a new book to be titled Desire on Ice.

Prohibition in the United States owes both its origins and residual effects to the utopian ambitions of the nation’s first founders. Rooted in 400 year of profound religious conflict over the white Protestants’ dislike and distrust of Catholics, the Prohibitionists’ campaigns have been mostly focused against those mostly darker skinned immigrants from predominantly Catholic countries. In its realization that conflict finally came into the open with all its racial and ethnic dimensions during the disastrously ineffective enactment of national banning of alcohol production and sales between 1920 and 1933, a period that effectively codified organized gangsterism in the nation’s major coastal cities, stretching even to the election of the current American president and the persistent local prohibition in many southern states.

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