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A Mother’s Mystery Years – Elizabeth, alcohol and the 1930s

Jane Holloway

After growing up in a strict German immigrant family in a small town, what would it have been like for Elizabeth, a single woman in her twenties, to live and work in the big city of Minneapolis during the 1930s? How might the economic crisis of the Great Depression, the repeal of Prohibition, the portrayal of women in the movies, closed-body automobiles (the “Devil Wagons”), and her family genetics contribute to Elizabeth’s growing dependence on alcohol which started during this decade?