Dry

by Staff Writer - A. Heinzman | June 14, 2012

Dry is a term used to describe individuals who are sympathetic to temperance and prohibitionist causes, and who generally do not consume any alcohol. States and other geographical regions that practice prohibition of alcohol can be considered dry. Prohibition in the United States was also unofficially known as the dry movement.

Dry individuals advocating prohibition in the United States came from all walks of life. Religious organizations including Methodists, New School Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Northern Baptists, Southern Baptists, Disciples of Christ, Scandinavian Lutherans and various temperance movements all aggressively campaigned for national prohibition. Wet individuals — individuals who do not believe in prohibition — opposed the principles of the dry groups. The wets included Roman Catholics, Episcopalians and German Lutherans. The dries eventually gained enough political clout to see national prohibition enacted in 1920. The wets however eventually won when national prohibition was repealed in 1933.

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