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...ens. Over time, due of the vast exploitation of these loophole, the law did not hold up and decayed; which proved to be an almost prophetic miniaturization of the declined of the national prohibition law over eighty years later.
By 1860, the different temperance reform movements which flourished were side-lined, first by the mounting struggle against slavery, and then by the civil war that was fought to settle it. In 1862, the federal government desperate for revenue to fund the war effort, imposed an excise tax on the sale and manufacture of Alcohol; and within a few years one third of the entire federal budget was got from this liquor tax. The introduction and reliance on this excise tax by the federal government would decimate the temperance movements, until their re-emergence, under the guise of the W.C.T.U. and the Anti-Saloon league, eleven years later.
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