Monday, November 22, 2010

Amendment 18: Liquor Abolished

"1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

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

This legislation abolishes the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcohol to, from, and in the United States.  The eighteenth amendment was repealed fourteen years after it was instated.

The above is a commercial played during the 1920's encouraging individuals why alcohol should be banned.  The video, and prohibition itself, have strong influences from the church.

This humorous picture of Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean shows him confused why there is no more alcohol.  When the eighteenth amendment was passed, many were confused why alcohol was banned but it was done to try and protect the people.  By prohibiting alcohol, individuals thought they would be able to control reckless behavior and crime.

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