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This collection contains correspondence from pastors, the Anti-Saloon League, Arkansas citizens and newspaper clippings pertaining to Governor Futrell’s repeal of the "Bone Dry" Liquor Law in Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

Governor Futrell believed that secondary education was unnecessary, and he asked the state legislature to cease funding public schools past the eighth grade. He wanted the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA), which provided grants to states in need for individuals and school districts, to pay for secondary education. FERA operated, however, by providing matching grant funding to the state, so whatever amount the state put into the system was matched by the federal government. By 1934, the FERA director told Futrell that Arkansas must pay 1.5 million dollars to match the relief and education costs, or all federal funds would cease. The Arkansas Liquor Law of 1913 made it unlawful for any town or city council to issue liquor licenses unless the majority of that town or city’s white inhabitants signed a petition in favor of a saloon or bar. Arkansas then passed the Arkansas State Liquor Law of 1917 (also called the "Bone Dry" Liquor Law of 1917) that outlawed the "the transportation, delivery, and storage of liquor, excepting only alcohols used for scientific, religious, and medical purpose." In 1935, Futrell and the General Assembly legalized the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in Arkansas to tax the liquor sales. This tax was then used to raise the 1.5 million dollars needed to match the federal assistance program.

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Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Governor Junius Futrell correspondence, SMC.0173.0011


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Governor Junius Futrell correspondence, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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