The United States Prohibition period lasted from 1920 to 1933, during which the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol for consumption were banned, as per the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. This added amendment was related to the religious and political temperance movements calling for laws to end or encumber alcohol use. The Eighteenth Amendment was ratified on January 16, 1919, having been approved by 36 states, and went into effect one year later.
During these years, the “speakeasy” business and “bootlegging” business flourished. As these illegal distillers made their fortunes, society was ill served with this unregulated “hooch”. Although it made some people very happy, to others were brought illness and misery. However the well known, popular liquor brands of today were borne of the prohibition era and evolved to a legal business.
As prohibition of alcohol became increasingly unpopular during the Great Depression, especially in large cities, repeal was eagerly anticipated. The Eighteenth Amendment was repealed with ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment on December 5, 1933, seventy-five years from tomorrow.