Repeal of National Prohibition

2008 marked an important milestone: the 75th Anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. Enacted by a Constitutional amendment in 1919, Prohibition was the law of the land for thirteen years. After only a few years, it was clear to many Americans that Prohibition was a failed law. Liquor smuggling was rampant, illicit alcohol production became a serious health problem, and in many cases, alcohol consumption became more secretive and excessive than ever before. It was hardly a surprise, then, when an overwhelming majority of the American public—including many former dry advocates—pushed for repeal of Prohibition and successfully overturned the flawed amendment in 1933.

Learn more:

Prohibition and Repeal: A Primer

Parallels Between Legal Age 21 and Prohibition

Repeal Calendar

To find out more about Prohibition across the country, click a state below:

Alabama Idaho Michigan Ohio Vermont
Arizona Illinois Minnesota Oregon Virginia
Arkansas Indiana Missouri Pennsylvania Washington
California Iowa Nevada Rhode Island West Virginia
Colorado Kentucky New Hampshire South Carolina Wisconsin
Connecticut Maine New Jersey Tennessee Wyoming
Delaware Maryland New Mexico Texas
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