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represented the apotheosis of the urban American nightclub. After the repeal of Prohibition, opposition to nightlife weakened across the country, and nightclubs became a more acceptable part of urban culture. Thanks to a booming wartime econ- omy and the disruption of family life caused by army recruitment, the 1940s and 1950s represented “the biggest era” yet for the nation’s niter- ies: “Uprooted from their homes with money to spend, ordinary soldiers from around the country for the first time had the chance to patronize nightclubs. Fueled by wartime expenditures