Tag Archives: Prohibition

Legislating Alcohol in America 100 Years Ago

7 Jan

On Jan. 16, 1919, after nearly a century of activism, the Prohibition movement finally achieved its goal to rid American society of “the tyranny of drink.” Passed by Congress on Dec. 18, 1917, the 18thAmendment, prohibiting “the manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors,” was ratified and would take effect at midnight on Jan. 17, 1920.

For 13 years, the United States was officially “dry,” but from its very inception, the law was controversial and difficult to enforce, and its effect on the country’s problems with alcohol was debatable. In 1933, Prohibition came to end with the ratification of the 21st Amendment, the first and only time in American history where ratification of a constitutional amendment signaled the repeal of another.

So begins a concise summary of Prohibition at the National World War I Museum. You may read the entire post here.

The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

22 Mar

In 1919 a wave of molasses traveling at 35mph destroyed an entire Boston neighborhood. Find out about this strange disaster at Atlas Obscura: 100 Wonders: The Great Boston Molasses Flood | Atlas Obscura

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