Minnesota History Center exhibit shows how Prohibition came to be — and came undone

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  • Updated: November 8, 2013 - 1:41 PM

Minnesota’s most infamous connection to Prohibition has nothing to do with bootleggers. The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution got its start as the Volstead Act, named for U.S. Rep. Andrew Volstead of Granite Falls, who later lost his seat because of voter outrage. As an addendum to the national traveling exhibit “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” the Minnesota History Center will display a letter from an incensed voter threatening the legislator with death.

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