Wednesday, December 05, 2007

End-of-Prohibition Day

On this day in 1933, the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. For those of you who don't know (and don't want to read the whole Wikipedia page), the important part of that amendment was the following:

"The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed."

Ooh. Such a well-crafted sentence that leaves nothing to doubt. No wiggle-room. Of course, article 3 of the amendment required that a requisite number of states ratify the amendment within seven years. Surprisingly, the majority of states that ratified Amendment 18 also ended up ratifying Amendment 21. Only South Carolina stuck to its original pro-Prohibition vote by being the only state to reject the 21st Amendment in 1933. (Similarly, Connecticut and Rhode Island rejected the 18th Amendment while voting for the 21st.)

So, go out and enjoy the repeal of the 18th Amendment and the return to states the power to set alcohol production, sale, and consumption laws! (Responsibly, of course.)

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