The Passing of an Era

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Political parties have always played a major role in the history of Delaware and the nation. This election ballot from the 1940s reveals the fading support for the Prohibition Party during that time period

The Passing of an Era

In 1855, The American Party in Delaware passed an unpopular prohibition law that attempted to force total abstinence in Delaware. When the 18th amendment was passed by the U.S. Government, the Governor’s administration at the time was able to ratify it without much resistance because of the administrations reforming zeal. However, it was not popular with the people and Delaware was the 7th state to ratify the 21st amendment to repeal prohibition.

The Clerk of the Peace was responsible for all aspects of elections. However, his duties also included: all county licenses, schools and in addition he was clerk to four different courts within the county. This collection includes the records that would have been generated by this office. The ballot records span the years 1916 to 1940.