South Carolina

South Carolina held its repeal vote on November 7, 1933, and its convention on December 4th. South Carolina is the only state that actually voted against repeal. The motion failed by less than 3%, and the stories below illustrate that Prohibition was not a good time for South Carolina.

  • In the same year that Prohibition was repealed, a South Carolina Prohibition agent killed a woman while driving recklessly.

  • Bootlegging and corruption were rampant in Prohibition era South Carolina, as evidenced by a 1926 story about a liquor raid by 100 prohibition agents. 17 stills were seized and 33 people were arrested, including various state and local officials.

  • A 1927 liquor raid in South Carolina resulted in the deaths of an official and one other person when shooting broke out.


100 Prohi Agents Arrest 33 in Raid In South Carolina , The Atlanta Constitution; Sep 6, 1926; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Atlanta Constitution (1868 1939) , pg. 1

Dry Agent Is Held In Woman's Death , The Washington Post (1877-1954); Dec 23, 1931; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 1991) , pg. 1

LIQUOR RAID ENDS WITH TWO DEATHS IN SOUTH CAROLINA , The Atlanta Constitution (1881-2001); Jul 7, 1927; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Atlanta Constitution (1868 1939) , pg. 20