Cartoon from The American Past by Roger Place Butterfield, p.127
Xenophobia and nativism played a large role in the run-up to Prohibition. This image plays off stereotypes against two immigrant populations that were rapidly growing in the United States: the Irish and the Germans. German lager beer was briefly considered a solution to America's alcohol consumption crisis because it was generally brewed for lower alcohol levels than traditional ales (often 4% ABV or lower), it was thought of as "non-intoxicating." Anti-German sentiment ultimately worked against the lager beer solution and was one of many forces that pushed America towards Prohibition.
Caption: The Know-Nothings charged that Irish and German immigrants were stealing American elections and running the big city political machines.
Image and text source: Butterfield, Roger Place. The American Past: A History of the United States From Concord to Hiroshima, 1775-1945. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1947
Location: Free Library of Philadelphia, call no: 973 B982