The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution was enacted on January 16, 1920. This amendment prohibited the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes.” Many groups including the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the Anti-Salon League, the Ku Klux Klan, and various Protestant religions expected to see a dramatic decrease, if not an end to crime and domestic violence, mental unstableness, and poverty. They felt that alcohol was the source of wanton behavior in the country, and was also responsible for the decline in public health and the advent of loose morals.
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So on December 5th, 1933 at 5:32 p.m., the required three-fourths majority of states ratified the 21st Amendment repealing the 18th Amendment. Once again it was legal to craft, purchase and consume alcohol in the United States. This is the only time in U.S. history that an amendment has been repealed.
Although Prohibition was repealed 80 years ago, the founding group, the Prohibition Party, http://www.prohibitionparty.org, started in 1869, still exists. It is the oldest existing third party political group in the U.S. In fact, the Prohibition Party ran a candidate for President in the 2012 election: he received 519 votes. Presently the party has no representatives in any major political offices.
So tomorrow raise your celebratory drink and offer up a toast because you can - because you have the constitutional right to enjoy a glass of wine, a bottle of beer, a mixed drink or a shot of whisky.
As FDR said in March 1933 after signing the Cullen-Harrison Act, which legalized the sale of beer and wine with low alcohol content, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”