9 Facts You Didn’t Know about Prohibition

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9 Facts You Didn’t Know about Prohibition

9 Facts You Didn’t Know about Prohibition

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Ah, prohibition. “The Noble Experiment,” kick-started by the 18th Amendment and ended by the 21st, kept our nation booze-free for 13 years… at least in theory. Here are 9 facts about what actually happened:

  1. During Prohibition, wine was still sold in brick form. Which, I suppose, is more durable than bags!
  2. Maryland refused to enforce Prohibition, despite ratifying the amendment.
  3. Prior to Prohibition, the drinking age was 15.
  4. After the repeal of Prohibition, President Roosevelt is quoted as saying, “What America needs now is a drink.” Indeed, Mr. President!
  5. The KKK supported prohibition.
  6. Prohibition didn’t technically ban drinking alcohol. It did ban its manufacture, sale, and distribution though, making getting booze pretty difficult legally.
  7. Prohibition actually did a number on the economy, causing restaurants to close and the federal government to lose out on billions of tax dollars.
  8. Some states kept prohibition laws on the books after it was repealed federally and it was not completely repealed nationwide until 1966 — although there are still some dry counties in the US today.
  9. Prohibition gave birth to the booze cruise, where ships would sail out to international waters to get (legally) tipsy.
Related topics 1920s, alcohol, History, prohibition
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