All of the following are true of the movement to prohibit alcoholic beverages in the United States EXCEPT:
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It arose quite suddenly amid the hysteria surrounding the First World War.
It won the support of many progressive reformers.
It was often favored by people who disliked immigrants and their cultural practices.
It was a movement in which women played leading roles.
It gained strength from new scientific evidence that alcohol was harmful to health.
The only statement about the movement to prohibit alcoholic beverages in the United States that is not true is the statement in choice (A). The movement to prohibit alcohol did not arise suddenly in the context of the First World War; instead it had been a prominent part of life in the United States since at least the 1830s, and prohibitionists had succeeded in establishing local and state restrictions on alcohol since the 1890s. Prohibiting alcohol was a prominent cause for many reformers during the Progressive Era of the early twentieth century (B); many prohibition advocates also associated excessive alcohol consumption with immigrants (C); women did play prominent roles in the prohibition movement through organizations such as the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and the Anti-Saloon League (D); and new scientific evidence about the harmful effects of alcohol did emerge at this time (E).