Today in History: Prohibition

Today in History: Prohibition 

beer dumpOn this day in 1919 Congress signed the Volstead act, making possible the enforcement of the 18th amendment. The prohibition amendment was finally repealed in 1933. From History:

ongress passes the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, also known as the Prohibition Amendment.

The movement for the prohibition of alcohol began in the early 19th century, when Americans concerned about the adverse effects of drinking began forming temperance societies. By the late 19th century, these groups had become a powerful political force, campaigning on the state level and calling for national liquor abstinence.

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In December 1917, the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. In January 1919, the 18th amendment achieved the necessary two-thirds majority of state ratification, and prohibition became the law of the land.

See this and more at History.com.

Thankfully we did not have to live through that era, but if we had too, we could probably give Bill Gates a run for his money for richest man in the world.

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