America's only failed Amendment

Annie69 By Annie69, 27th Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Only once in our nation's history has an Amendment failed and been repealed. Here's a short history of the 18th Amendment.

December 18, 1917

On December 18, 1917, Congress passed the 18th Amendment. Known as "Prohibition" this Amendment was meant to do away with the evils of alcohol in the United States. The people must have agreed because it only took 13 months to be ratified by the states.

January 17, 1920

Some laws take effect immediately while others begin on a specified date after the fact. Amendment 18 was written to go into effect one year after ratification, which was January 17, 1920.

For 13 years, mobsters and bootleggers made a financial killing as they kept the public supplied with alcohol.

February 20, 1933

On February 20, 1933, Congress repealed the 18th Amendment. This was the first time an Amendment had ever been repealed. The Amendment wasn't removed from the Constitution, but rather it was replaced by a new Amendment—the 21st.

December 15, 1933

Ratification of Amendment 21 took less than a year and the effective date was only ten days later, on December 15, 1933. Many people, however, started drinking immediately.


Amendment 18, Amendment 21, Prohibition

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History column appears weekly in local newspaper. Also news, human interest, and pictures. My fiction and poems have appeared in literary anthologies and I've written 3 novels

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author avatar Retired
28th Aug 2015 (#)

This had to be the most ill-considered amendment in history. Did they really think they could legislate morality like that? People are going to drink. Let's hope they don't also drive. And some people say a glass or two of wine a day is actually good for you.

Prohibition was like the current War of Drugs. It didn't work and it doesn't work.

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author avatar Annie69
28th Aug 2015 (#)

My research agrees with you all the way. Thanks for reading.

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author avatar M G Singh
28th Aug 2015 (#)

I was aware of this amendment. Nice writeup

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author avatar Annie69
29th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you, I appreciate the comment.

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