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