The Start of Prohibition

January 16th Celebrates Prohibition

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 16th 1920, Prohibition went into effect in the United States.

Prohibition marked one of the last stages of the Progressive Era. During the 19th century, alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling addiction, and a variety of other social ills and abuses led to the activism to try to cure the perceived problems in society.

The U.S. Senate proposed the Eighteenth Amendment on December 18, 1917. Upon being approved by a 36th state on January 16, 1919, the amendment was ratified as a part of the Constitution. By the terms of the amendment, the country went dry one year later, on January 17, 1920.

Such well known films like the movie called, “The Untouchables,” starring Kevin Costner and Robert De Niro, it did have segment in the film how Prohibition came along with mob connections.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name ryy79, is the movie trailer of the movie called The Untouchables, inside this movie clips you’ll hear Sean O’Connery’s character talk about finding the booze, which was around during the days of Elliot Ness.

Did you know there was television series called The Untouchables?

It started in 1959 and ended in 1963, Robert Stack played the part of Elliot Ness, the storyline of the show every week was how in Chicago, during the 1930, time of the prohibition. And it is the great time for the organized crime, the so called Mafia. One of the big bosses is Al Capone. He is the best know but at least, he was only one in a dirty game of sex, crime and corruption. People are willing to pay any price to drink alcohol, and sometimes it is their life they have to pay with. Special agent Eliot Ness and his team are trying to defeat the alcohol Mafia, but in this job, you don’t have any friends.

When did Prohibition finally end?

Prohibition ended with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, on December 5, 1933. Prohibition marked one of the last stages of the Progressive Era.

After the repeal of the 18th Amendment, some states continued Prohibition by maintaining statewide temperance laws. Mississippi, the last dry state in the Union, ended Prohibition in 1966.

Bottom Up! Now that we know how on January 16th 1920, Prohibition went into effect in the United States.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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