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Old 01-16-2018, 07:26 AM   #1
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1-16-19 Prohibition takes effect

The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified on this day in 1919 and becomes the law of the land.

The movement for the prohibition of alcohol began in the early 19th century, when Americans concerned about the adverse effects of drinking began forming temperance societies. By the late 19th century, these groups had become a powerful political force, campaigning on the state level and calling for total national abstinence. In December 1917, the 18th Amendment, also known as the Prohibition Amendment, was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

Prohibition took effect in January 1919. Nine months later, Congress passed the Volstead Act, or National Prohibition Act, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement of prohibition, including the creation of a special unit of the Treasury Department. Despite a vigorous effort by law-enforcement agencies, the Volstead Act failed to prevent the large-scale distribution of alcoholic beverages, and organized crime flourished in America. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, repealing prohibition.
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I was watching a TV show on Presidents and one of the POTUS during Prohibition used to serve whiskey at the White House during that time. The privileged class has it's own rules!
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The Clydesdale's Go To Washinton

It all began on April 7, 1933. Brothers August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch III surprised their father, St. Louis brewery owner August A. Busch, Sr., with a special gift. They trotted out a six-horse hitch of Clydesdale horses.

It wasn’t his birthday. It wasn’t a company anniversary. He wasn’t retiring. So why the gift? The Busch family had a lot to celebrate in April 1933: the United States Congress had finally started the process that would amend the Constitution and end Prohibition. Their beer could flow again.

What many people don’t realize is that the sons organized not one hitch to represent Budweiser, but two. A separate hitch appeared on the streets of New York City, where it delivered a keg of beer to former New York governor Alfred Smith, a tireless opponent of Prohibition, at the Empire State Building.

The traveling hitch toured New England and went on to Washington, DC, where it delivered a case of Budweiser beer to the White House.

In 1933, the first Budweiser Clydesdale hitch--then only six horses--delivered a case of Budweiser to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was just settling into Washington that spring, after winning his first election as President. His election promise had been to repeal Prohibition and he wasted no time in signing the first step, the Cullen-Harrison Bill, which allowed 3.2 beer and wine sales, on March 22. By the end of the year, the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution would be passed and completely repeal Prohibition.
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