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December 5: The 21st Amendment

In 1933, the 21st Amendment ended the prohibition of alcohol: “The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.” It is the only Amendment that fully repealed a previous Amendment. The 21st Amendment marked the recognition of the 18th Amendment’s failure. Though the 18th Amendment called for the prohibition of liquor, Americans continued to buy and sell alcohol on the black market and police often failed to enforce anti-alcohol laws. Still, the second part of the 21st Amendment maintained, “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.”

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