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Joshua Ryan Ziefle

prohibition-ends1We know that the United States Constitution is a document with built-in provision for change.  That’s what all of these amendments are for in the first place.  Rarely, though, has this been on display as rapidly as during the 14-year swing between the passage of Prohibition in 1919 and its repeal in 1933.  The text of the Twenty-first Amendment is reads (in part):

Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

With it, our national experiment in banning liquor, beer, and wine was over.  Though individual states were still welcome to make whatever laws they wished regarding booze, the United States itself would not get involved.  Prohibition was considered a failure, and over time various state laws too began to change in a more freeing direction.

The idea of Prohibition was an interesting one which had noble goals.  Unfortunately, however, it…

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