Likewise, Progressives in the early twentieth century championed Prohibition as one of their constellation of reforms. Fighting the liquor trust, or the whisky ring, was part of the Progressives' campaign to regulate and reform big business. The movement to achieve Prohibition was most persuasive when it focused on eliminating the evil saloons rather than on controlling personal drinking habits. Saloons were places where men, usually working class and often immigrant men, gathered for fellowship and drink. Saloons were quite numerous, especially in northern cities, and were associated with a host of unsavory habits such as gambling and prostitution. Rallying Americans around the closure of what were depicted as corrupt, ethnic, working-class saloons proved an effective tactic.

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