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Prohibition Repeal Day

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80 years ago today, prohibition was repealed and Americans were able to drink alcohol as they pleased. On Dec. 5, after 13 years of alcohol being banned in the U.S., Americans celebrated their right to drink being reinstated.

In today’s world, alcohol seems to be ever-present at social events, restaurants and many other places. If it weren’t for the repeal of prohibition, this would be impossible – so it seems right to celebrate this 80th anniversary of the repeal.

How To Celebrate:

  1. Grab some friends
  2. Go to your favorite bar or restaurant
  3. Buy some drinks
  4. Celebrate!

History of Prohibition:

In 1919, enough state legislatures ratified the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which led to prohibition in the next year. The strong force behind enacting prohibition was the idea to protect women, children and families from the effects of alcohol abuse. Additionally, prohibitionists believed that banning alcohol would reduce crime, poverty, public drunkenness and other social issues. During the 13 years of prohibition, bootlegging and private brewing increased dramatically.

In 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for President on a platform to repeal prohibition, and won. In 1933 the repeal was official upon Utah ratifying the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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