Prohbition Era- From the 18th Amendment to the 21st Amendment

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In History
  • 18th Amendment Ratified

    18th Amendment Ratified
    18th AmendmentThe need for nationwide Prohibition was formally introduced in Congress and passed by both houses in December 1917, agreeing to making the motion a Constitutional Amendment. By January 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment was ratified by 36 of the 48 states. Only 2 of those states, Connecticut and Rhode Island, failed to ratify it.
  • The Volstead Act

    The Volstead Act
    The Volstead ActCongress passed the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, establishing procedures and powers to enforce prohibition under the 18th Amendment.
  • The Prohibition Era Begins

    The Prohibition Era Begins
  • The first Miss America Pagent

    The first Miss America Pagent
    Atlantic City Pageant & ExperienceThe first Miss America Pagent was held in Atlantic City, NJ. Margaret Gorman won.
  • New Jersey Takes a Position

    New Jersey Takes a Position
    New Jersey's Prohibition Era OverviewNew Jersey added its ratification vote, becoming the last of the 48 states to take a position on the Amendment, and the 46th state to vote for ratification.
  • National Prohibition Party Nominations

    National Prohibition Party Nominations
    Herman Preston Faris Candidate DetailsNational Prohibition Party nominated Herman P. Faris (Missouri) for President, and a woman, Marie C. Brehm (California), for Vice President; they received 54,833 votes.
  • Ella Alexander Boole becomes President of the WCTU

    Ella Alexander Boole becomes President of the WCTU
    WCTUElla Alexander Boole became president of the WCTU (Women's Christian Temperance Union), serving until 1933.
  • Tackle of Prohibition Violators

    Elliot Ness BiographyElliot Ness and his followers begin to tackle violators of prohibition and Al Capone's gang in Chicago.
  • Black Friday- The Great Depression Begins

    Black Friday- The Great Depression Begins
  • WCTU Membership Peaks

    WCTU membership reaches 372,355, its peak.
  • National Prohibition Party

    National Prohibition Party
    Wiliam Upshaw Candidate DetailsNational Prohibition Party nominated William D. Upshaw (Georgia) for President. He received a total of 81,916 votes.
  • FDR signs the Cullen-Harrison Act

    FDR signs the Cullen-Harrison Act
    Return of BeerFDR signs the Cullen-Harrison Act which legalizes the manufacture and sale of certain alcohol.
  • Ida Belle Wise Smith becomes president of the WCTU

    Ida Belle Wise Smith Ida Belle Wise Smith became president of the WCTU, serving until 1944.
  • 21st Amendment Ratified

    21st Amendment Ratified
    Amendment 21 The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, effectively ending the ban on alcohol in America. It is the only Amendment that repeals a previous Amendment.
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    Rise of U.S. Bootleggers

    The 1920s saw a large rise of bootleggers in major cities, including the 'World's Playground', Atlantic City, NJ. There was an increase in illegal alcohol trafficking and mob activities during the decade. Major bootleggers included Al Capone, Enoch Johnson, Joe Masseria, and Lucky Luciano.
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    Gang Violence is on the rise in almost every major city