On This Day in History: January 18

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  “Section 1—after one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

 “Section 2—The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

“Section 3—This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.”

On this day in history, the Eighteenth amendment to the Constitution was implemented. This amendment was passed in the year 1917, and it outlawed the sale, transportation, and manufacturing of alcohol in America.  This didn’t really come into effect until the 1920s though. Though these things were prohibited doesn’t mean people wouldn’t sneak around and make risky alcohol sales, and by people I mean gangsters during this time period. There was an extreme increase in the illegal production and sale of liquor (bootlegging) and start of speakeasies (illegal spots to buy alcohol), and a major rise in gang violence and other crimes in the 1920s. This was called the prohibition. Many were against it and in order to get what they wanted, they took matters into their own hands. Obviously this didn’t last because alcohol is sold on a daily basis now, but there is an age restriction as to when you can buy and sell alcoholic beverages.