Since the colonial period, whiskey and other hard liquors played a pivotal role in shaping American society's view on alcohol. Soon after the U.S. became independent, the Whiskey Rebellion took place in Western Pennsylvania.

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The government set taxes on the sale of whiskey in an attempt to raise funds for national debt. However, the tax was met with much controversy as those against the sale of alcohol saw it as a ''sin tax,'' with those on the other side of the argument deemed the tax unfair. In 1800, Thomas Jefferson repealed the tax.

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 12.18.59 Sherwood Whiskey 17 Years Old 1917 (1 pint) Clark Brothers & Co., distillery #1, 1st district of Illinois, bottled by Pennsylvania Distillery Inc., general bonded warehouse #3, 139 Plymouth St., Brooklyn, New York, 1st district of New York, permit #NYP5, distilled fall 1917, bottled fall 1933, u: bottom shoulder, 50% 1917 (1 quart) Clark Brothers & Co., distillery #1, 1st district of Illinois, bottled by Pennsylvania Distillery Inc., distilled fall 1917, bottled spring 1934, u: below shoulder, 50% Illinois 1 1-quart bottle 1 1-pint bottle

Then came the Prohibition, where whiskey was once again at the heart of society's ''ills.'' Before the Prohibition, whiskey, other liquors and beers had been prescribed by medical professionals.

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Those in the medical profession, lobbied for the repeal of Prohibition because it prevented the prescription of alcohol. From 1921 to 1930 doctors earned about $40 million for whiskey prescriptions, so it was no surprise that doctors wanted this ban lifted.

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 12.18.42 Mount Vernon Pure Rye Whiskey Maryland Cook & Bernheimer Co., New York, c. 1914, purity guaranteed by Hannis Distilling Co., Philadelphia, chemist label dated January 15th, 1914, top left corner of front label missing, staining and fading of front and back labels, driven cork, lead capsule, lead-sealed wire closure, u: top shoulder, no proof stated 1 1/5 gallon bottle

Licensed doctors were given pads of government-issued prescription forms, such as the one pictured above, for ailments from indigestion to depression.

From 1920, initiated by the 18th amendment, The National Prohibition Act meant that the only consumption of alcohol was allowed if prescribed by a doctor, farmers who were producing their own for themselves and priests, ministers and rabbis were allowed to serve it during religious ceremonies.

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