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Prohibition Started Tomorrow (January 16th) in 1919

Prohibition Started January 16th, 1919

The 18th Amendment was ratified on January 16th, 1919, starting Prohibition.

Many of us may be unfamiliar with the 18th Amendment.  That’s highly probable because it’s not an amendment in effect anymore! The 18th Amendment was passed to outlaw the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors.” In other words, it put a ban on booze. On January 16th, 1919, this amendment was ratified and Prohibition began.

The move towards illegal alcohol started decades earlier with the foundation of temperance societies across the country. By the turn of the century, these institutions were lobbying locally and nationally. It was largely in part that the efforts of these temperance societies created the atmosphere under which the 18th Amendment was passed in December of 1917.

It wouldn’t be until just over a year later that Prohibition would take effect when the amendment was ratified. Its success was short-lived, though. In 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, officially repealing Prohibition. Despite federal government-supported enforcement for Prohibition, organized crime had flourished in the years between the ratification of the 18th and 21st Amendments.

Although we can’t say we’re sad to bid adieu to Prohibition, The Maria Sanchez Show wants to note this important day in our country’s history.

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