Prohibition and when America went dry
On January 16, 1919, Prohibition was ratified, going into effect on January 17, 1920
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Over a hundred years ago in January 1920, the United States dried up. The Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution effectively banned the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcohol. The country couldn't drink. Prohibition had arrived!
The 13-year nationwide constitutional ban on alcohol was one of the most contentious periods in US history. But the origins of Prohibition stretch back much further, fermented as it was back in the 19th century.
Browse this gallery and imbibe the fascinating story of how America abstained, but only because it had to.
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