16-1-1920: U.S. Bans Sale of Liquor

In the past 92 years, the U.S. government imposed a ban on the circulation and sale of alcoholic beverages. The ban lasted only 1920 to 1933.

According to The History Channel television station, a ban on the sale of liquor wasapplied through the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A year earlier,Congress approved an amendment in 1917 it has been ratified by 36 of the 48 U.S. states.

However, the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages is exploited by criminalsyndicates. One is a mafia kingpin in Chicago, Al Capone.

They took millions of dollars in profits by smuggling and selling liquor, which has been outlawed. On the other hand, the government bears a huge cost for the implementation of the ban as well as loss of revenue from liquor taxes.
Amid rising crime and other social problems, the 18th Amendment becameincreasingly unpopular. Democratic presidential candidate at the time, Franklin D.Roosevelt, promised to remove regulations that prohibit the distribution and sale ofliquor. Roosevelt's promise is supported by a number of prominent figures, such asbillionaire John D. Rockefeller.

Roosevelt had won the election and became president of the United States. In December 1933, emerged into the 21st Amendment was passed and ratified byCongress directly. Amendment to repeal the 18th Amendment that prohibits the saleand distribution of liquor. Until now, the 18th Amendment is the only rule in the U.S. Constitution which repealed entirely.

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