Mar 01 2011

When did prohibition begin in the US? When did it end?

Category: History


Prohibition officially began in the United States on January 16, 1920, a full year after the ratification of the 18th amendment. The 18th amendment prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol. Interestingly enough, it did not prohibit the consumption of alcohol.

Three months before the 18th amendment went into effect, the Volstead Act, otherwise known as the National Prohibition Act of 1919, was passed. The Volstead Act was the enabling legislation for the 18th Amendment that established prohibition in the United States. It lasted until 1933 when it was repealed by the 21st amendment.

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