Today in History: Prohibition Becomes Law

| January 16, 2018

180115_News_219x365Ratified on January 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibited the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes”. This law was influenced by the Temperance Movement, which began in the early 19th century — a movement that started with the conservative use of alcohol but led to the campaign for abstinence on health, social, economic, and moral grounds.

In 1933, Prohibition was repealed, owing to the inability to prevent large-scale distribution of alcohol and increased organized crime.

Reflecting different perspectives on Prohibition, the following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

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