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- Some states kept prohibition laws on the books after it was repealed federally and it was not completely repealed nationwide until 1966 — although there are still some dry counties in the US today.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