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Prohibition Movement in the United States, 1801-1920 (ICPSR 8343)

Principal Investigator(s): Sechrist, Robert P.


These data were gathered for use in modeling the diffusion of prohibition in the United States throughout the nineteenth century. The study contains information on the prohibition status of counties from 1801 to 1920. For each county in the continental United States, the prohibition status is recorded annually starting with 1801. For those counties that were established after 1801, the prohibition status is recorded from the date the county was created. State-level prohibition status is also identified.

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Study Description


Sechrist, Robert P. Prohibition Movement in the United States, 1801-1920. ICPSR08343-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-10-26. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08343.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08343.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alcohol, alcohol consumption, counties, nineteenth century, political history, political movements, Prohibition era, social attitudes, social change, social history, twentieth century

Smallest Geographic Unit:    county

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1801--1920

Date of Collection:   

  • 1982-01--1983-11

Unit of Observation:    county

Universe:    Extant counties in the United States prior to 1920.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data


Time Method:    Time Series

Data Source:

historical literature and state archives

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1985-05-24

Version History:

  • 2012-10-26 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files and a SAS transport (CPORT) file have been added to this collection. The codebook has been updated.

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