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The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes," is ratified on this day in 1919 and becomes the law of the land.

Americans were concerned about the adverse effects of alcohol and began the movement for the prohibition of alcohol in the early 19th century. By the late 19th century, these groups became a powerful political force and began campaigning on the state level and calling for total national abstinence.

Even though the early 1920s were prosperous for the United States, the nation saw a rise in crime and moral vice which were the very problems prohibition was suppose to solve. When the nation fell into depression, FDR saw the liquor industry as a valuable source of revenue and stopped what Herbert Hoover called, “a noble experiment.” This lead to the creation of the 21st Amendment which was fully ratified on December 5, 1933 and prohibition ended. #Prohibition #USConstitution #USHistory

The Prohibition Era