Keepers of the Spirits: The Judicial Response to Prohibition Enforcement in Florida, 1885-1935

Hardcover | January 1, 1998

byJohn J. Guthrie

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Drawn from research in the manuscript records of the federal judiciary and the court reports of the Florida Supreme Court, this book examines how state and federal judges responded to the enforcement of local, state, and national prohibition in Florida. Upholding these measures often resulted in governmental encroachment on civil liberties; consequently, judges found themselves positioned to determine the scope of the liquor laws. As they balanced the rights of individuals with the power of the state, Florida judges acted independently of public opinion and based their rulings on precedent and citation of authority. To present the fullest picture possible, this text, while focusing on the efforts of the judges to uphold the spirit and the letter of the various liquor laws, it also considers the views of individuals who violated prohibition.

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Drawn from research in the manuscript records of the federal judiciary and the court reports of the Florida Supreme Court, this book examines how state and federal judges responded to the enforcement of local, state, and national prohibition in Florida. Upholding these measures often resulted in governmental encroachment on civil liber...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 5.98 × 9.01 × 0.56 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313301905

ISBN - 13:9780313301902

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?John J. Guthrie Jr. makes an important contribution to this neglected topic with his half-century case study of Florida. His well-researched monograph, based on a 1993 University of Florida doctoral dissertation and several published articles, demonstrates the revelance of enduring traditions in American common law and constitutional thought, manifested in the opinions issued by members of the Florida supreme court and the federal district courts of southern Florida....Guthrie's Keepers of the Spirit is warmly recommended to historians of prohibition, of American legal and and constitutional thought, and of Florida political life.?-Florida Historical Quarterly