Wednesday, January 12, 2011

This week in history 1-10-11


Prohibition takes effect

January 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which banned the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol, was ratified. The 18th Amendment was in response to the temperance movements of the early 19th century when some Americans were concerned about the adverse effects of hard liquor and alcoholism. However in 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, repealing the prohibition of alcohol.

To learn more about the Prohibition please visit This Day in History at History.com.

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