Rhode Island

Rhode Island voted to repeal Prohibition and ratified that decision on the same day—May 8, 1933. Voters chose repeal by a whopping 87% margin. The story below illustrates the loss of life that sometimes occurred as a a result of Prohibition.

  • In 1929, Rhode Island officials began to look into an incident in which Coast Guard officials fired upon an alleged rum-running ship, killing three onboard.


Coast Guardsmen Blamed In Theft Of Captured Rum , Special , The Hartford Courant; Dec 31, 1929; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Hartford Courant (1764 – 1984) , pg. 1