Prohibition Facts

Prohibition Facts
Prohibition is the legal ban on the consumption, sale, manufacture, or transportation of alcohol meant for consumption. It has occurred in various parts of the world dating as far back as 2070 BC in China by Yu the Great. The most famous prohibition in North America took place in the United States from 1920 to 1933. The concern in the U.S. over alcohol consumption grew because drinking had become part of everyday life and many groups began to push for reform. Organized crime began to provide alcohol illegally through many distribution channels; bootlegging became popular, and crime rates rose, and ultimately prohibition failed.
Interesting Prohibition Facts:
In the United States drinking was not illegal during prohibition. Making, selling, and shipping it was illegal.
During prohibition it was still legal to buy alcohol if the doctor prescribed it to a patient.
The 18th Amendment was another name for the National Prohibition Act.
The Landmark Tavern, 21 Club, and Flute were all popular speakeasies (bars) in New York during prohibition. These three still exist today.
Al Capone was a major mob boss during prohibition. His favorite bar in Chicago called the Green Mill and it is still open today.
It is estimated that Al Capone made approximately $60,000,000 in 1927, just from the sale of alcohol.
During prohibition there were approximately 30,000 speakeasies in New York City.
The Ku Klux Klan was in favor of prohibition and supported it.
During prohibition a lot of the alcohol did not taste very good because of poor manufacturing. Cocktails became popular so that people could still drink alcohol but not taste it as much. Some of the most popular cocktails were the Sidecar, Mary Pickford, Bee's Knees and French 75.
During prohibition supporters attempted to have all the references of alcohol in the Bible removed.
During prohibition ships would take 'booze cruises'. They took their passengers out to international waters and serve them alcohol legally.
By the time that prohibition ended thousands of people had died from drinking unsafe alcohol.
By the end of prohibition it is believed that approximately 800 Chicago gangsters had been shot as a result of bootlegging activities.
Some believed that people who broke the prohibition law should be tortured, branded, tattooed, and even executed.
Prohibition agents sunk a Canadian ship illegally. They also shot innocent people, and destroyed their property, homes and businesses.
The Great Depression helped lead to the end of prohibition because it promised jobs by legalizing the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcohol.
Prohibition ended in the United States on December 5th, 1933 when the 21st Amendment was passed. This day is referred to as Repeal Day.
Following the ratification of the 21st Amendment President Roosevelt is quoted as saying, "What America needs now is a drink."
Despite the end of prohibition it wasn't until 1966 that all states in the U.S. had abandoned the alcohol ban.
In the United States there are still hundreds of counties that are 'dry', which means they do not allow alcohol to be bought or sold.


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