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Today in Legal History: Prohibition

Today in Legal History: Prohibition

Nearly a century ago the Age of Prohibition was upon our nation.  On this very day, October 28, 1919, the Volstead Act was passed (over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto), making the production, sale and consumption of “intoxicating liquors” illegal across the country. It was named after the congressman who sponsored the legislation, Andrew Volstead.  The 18th Amendment was ratified in just 13 months.  And was repealed on December 5, 1933 when the 21st Amendment was ratified.