Christine Sismondo

New York police on motorcycles wrap a demonstration in fog to prevent the demonstrators at the march-past in front of a building in which President Herbert Hoover is speaking in New York, 1930. (Photo by Imagno/Hulton Archive/Getty)

How the Anti-Saloon League, responsible for Prohibition, shaped modern racist policing

Prohibition created the perfect storm for the mass incarceration of ethnic minorities, who’d been driven into the contraband trade through inequality of economic opportunity, then zealously policed for being involved
Beer is dumped into the street by police officers on Sep 13, 1929 after police discovered a home-brewed in a home. (NY Daily News Archive/Getty Images)

What Prohibition teaches us about race relations in the U.S.

Prohibition propaganda leveraged anti-black racism, anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant sentiment with stories and images that painted various “others” as debauched, immoral and a threat to wholesome white families wrapped in the American flag
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The 2018 U.S. midterms will be historic—and probably predictable

Opinion: The midterm elections aren’t to be taken lightly, yet Americans often think their job is done after the presidential vote—leading to consistent losses by sitting presidents
Authorities Arrest Suspect In Serial Mail Bombing Case In South Florida
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At a tense time, a bomb scare has gripped America—just as it did a century ago

Cesar Sayoc has been arrested for allegedly sending mail bombs to Democratic figures, drawing telling parallels to a 1919 spate of terror in the U.S.
Customs And Border Patrol Keep Watch At U.S.-Canada Border
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As Canada makes marijuana legal, the U.S. resorts to Prohibition-inspired tactics

Opinion: America’s own history reveals the depths of its reportedly old-fashioned approach to sharing a border with a nation where weed is legal
Lakeport brewery and head office in Hamilton, Ontario
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Why buck-a-beer failed before in Ontario—and why it likely will, again

The story of Lakeport Brewing Co.’s meteoric rise and total collapse shows us why Doug Ford’s plans for buck-a-beer’s return will be a tall task—if not an impossible one
Dairy Cows
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How dairy became seen as a public resource worth protecting in Canada

As Donald Trump assails Canada’s supply-managed dairy industry, history shows how perceptions around Canadian milk changed—turning it into something worth defending
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario should improve its customer service; a reader suggests.
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Why can’t Ontarians buy booze in corner stores? Blame the surveillance state

In the 1920s, Ontario ended its ban on alcohol, but decided to monitor citizens’ drinking habits instead—and it’s feeling the hangover of that decision to this day
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The history of why Canada’s health care system falls short

Opinion: Ontario’s election could bring another step toward truly comprehensive health care. But failed efforts from the past reveal possible pressure points
Emily Murphy
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After 100 years of women’s suffrage, do we really have progress?

On May 24, 1918, a bill was passed allowing most Canadian women to vote. But women’s suffrage in the U.S. and Canada is tarnished by disturbing historical links with racism and xenophobia