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Repeal Day - The 21st Amendment ends Prohibition. I'll drink to that!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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When : Always December 5th

Repeal Day is today. It commemorates the repeal of the 18th Amendment. Once more, Americans were free to buy, sell, and consume alcoholic beverages. I'll drink to that!

In the early 1900's, many of the good people of America believed that alcohol was the root cause of many social ills in the country. Prohibition on a national scale, was promoted in part by the American Christian Women's Temperance Union. This movement grew in popularity. Ultimately, the United States Congress passed the 18th amendment on January 16, 1919. The 16th Amendment prohibited the manufacture, transportation, sale and consumption of alcohol.

The ban on alcohol did little to improve the social conditions of the country, or to reduce crime. Rather, crime increased as racketeers got into the the business of making and selling alcohol. The popularity of the 18th Amendment waned. More and more people and groups sought it's repeal.

Congress passed the 21st Amendment, effectively repealing the 18th Amendment. On December 5, 1933, the State of Utah voted it's approval of the 21st Amendment, achieving the 3/4 of states need to approve this amendment. Thus on this day, the 18th Amendment was formally repealed.

Important Note: While Repeal Day certainly is a day to have a drink in celebration of our rights and freedoms, we should always remember to drink responsibly.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HEALTHIERKEN 12/6/2012 12:10AM

    It's always a good thing when governments step back from micro-management of the populace, realizing the citizens choose their own morality no matter how intrusively governments try to manage them : )

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PATRICIAAK 12/5/2012 8:29PM


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DIDMIS 12/5/2012 6:25PM

    I don't drink either but do drink like a fish, water. emoticon

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ADKISTLER 12/5/2012 6:20PM

    I don't drink...but it's O.K. to drink like a fish, if you drink what a fish drinks!

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LITTLEWIND53 12/5/2012 4:29PM

    Because I do not drink at all, I views on this are not popular or widespread.

Have a great day....

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PMAY0313 12/5/2012 8:23AM


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