The Night They Ended Prohibition - December 5, 1933

The night that marked the end of Prohibition in the United States is known as "Repeal Day." On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, officially ending the era of Prohibition that had been in effect for nearly 13 years.

Prohibition, which began in 1920 with the passage of the 18th Amendment, made it illegal to produce, sell, or transport alcoholic beverages in the United States. The ban was implemented in an effort to reduce crime, social problems, and what was perceived as the negative influence of alcohol on society.

However, Prohibition led to unintended consequences, such as the rise of illegal speakeasies, bootlegging operations, and organized crime syndicates that profited from the illegal alcohol trade. It also created a significant loss of tax revenue for the government.

Over time, public sentiment shifted, and many Americans began to view Prohibition as ineffective and detrimental to the economy. Additionally, the Great Depression that began in 1929 further fueled calls for its repeal as a means to stimulate economic growth and generate tax revenue.

Repeal Day, on December 5, 1933, marked the end of Prohibition as the 21st Amendment was ratified, officially repealing the 18th Amendment. It was a momentous occasion that led to celebrations across the country. People gathered in bars and taverns, legally enjoying alcoholic beverages for the first time in over a decade.

Repeal Day was seen as a victory for individual freedom and choice, and it had a significant impact on the alcohol industry and the cultural landscape of the United States. It paved the way for the regulated sale and consumption of alcohol and brought an end to the era of Prohibition that had fundamentally changed the social fabric of the country.

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