Colorado

Colorado voted to repeal Prohibition on September 12, 1933. That vote—during which two-thirds of voters chose repeal—was ratified soon after at a convention on September 26. The story below illustrates some of the reasons that may have motivated Colorado voters.

  • In 1931, a twenty year old male was clubbed to death by a Prohibition officer in an altercation over a bottle of wine. Two years later, it was still being disputed as to whether the officer responsible should be tried in state or federal court.


Sources:

Colorado Asks To Try Dierks, The Washington Post (1877-1954); Oct 3, 1933; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 - 1991),pg. 5

Probe Promised In Smith Death, The Washington Post (1877-1954); Nov 12, 1931; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 - 1991), pg. 3