Saturday, December 4, 2010

Twenty-First Amendment (1933)

Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

The Twenty-First Amendment repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, ending the Prohibition. The Twenty-First Amendment returned the regulation of alcohol to the states. The Twenty-First Amendment was the only amendment ratified by conventions rather than legislatures.  

The following photograph shows the excitement experienced after the repeal of the 21st Amendment!

This video illustrates the rejuvenation of the liquor industry after the repeal of the 18th Amendment by the 21st. The Prohibition had been a major blow to the alcohol industry and the nation's economy.

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