It’s Repeal Day! Today is the anniversary of the day that the
United States repealed the 18th Amendment, restoring the right to
purchase and consume alcohol.
The 18th Amendment, which was ratified on January 16, 1919,
prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of liquor
throughout the United States. Prohibition led to widespread disrespect
for the law. New York City alone had about 30,000 speakeasies by 1927!
Eventually, many influential and respected citizens including John D.
Rockefeller Jr. came forward and organized a counter movement. The 21st
Amendment ending Prohibition was ratified on December 5, 1933.
Repeal Day is a celebration of the balance of power in the United
States and of the individual freedom that allows each American citizen
to choose whether or not to drink alcohol. Learn more about the history of this holiday.
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