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What is the 18th Amendment?“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.Section4. Cases relating to this question are presented and discussed under Article V.Enforcement Cases produced by enforcement and arising under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments are considered in the discussion appearing under those Amendments.”The 18th Amendment DefinedDate ProposedThe 18th Amendment was proposed on August 1st, 1917Date PassedThe 18th Amendment was passed of January 16th, 1919President of the United StatesWoodrow Wilson was the President of the United States during the ratification of the 18th AmendmentStipulations of the 18th AmendmentThe 18th Amendment imposed a legislative statute entitled Prohibition, which limited the consumption of alcohol to a small amount of circumstances; however, the ownership, sale, or possession of alcohol was considered to be illegalThe 18th Amendment was due in part to a response from lobbying undertaken by the Temperance Movement – a social activist group promoting the cessation of mass-availability of alcohol within the United States18th Amendment FactsThe Volstead Act (The National Prohibition Act), which was a legislative act passed defining and classification alcoholic beverages in the wake of the 18th Amendment, instituted a nationwide prohibition of alcoholic beverages effective January 17th, 1920Due to the prohibition expressed within the 18th Amendment, clandestine institutions providing the illegal disbursement of alcohol emerged – these operations were commonly referred to as ‘Speakeasies’States Ratifying the 18th Amendment1. Alabama2. Arizona3. Arkansas4. California5. Colorado6. Delaware7. Florida8. Georgia9. Idaho10. Illinois11. Indiana12. Iowa13. Kansas14. Kentucky15. Louisiana16. Maine17. Maryland18. Massachusetts19. Michigan20. Minnesota21. Mississippi22. Missouri23. Montana24. Nebraska25. Nevada26. New Hampshire27. New Jersey28. New Mexico29. New York30. North Carolina31. North Dakota32. Ohio33. Oklahoma34. Oregon35. Pennsylvania36. South Carolina37. South Dakota38. Tennessee39. Texas40. Utah41. Vermont42. Virginia43. Washington44. West Virginia45. Wisconsin46. WyomingStates Not Participatory in the Ratification of the 18th Amendment1. Connecticut2. Rhode IslandStatutes Associated with the 18th AmendmentThe 21st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States served to repeal the 18th Amendment; the 21st Amendment was a direct response to Prohibition – the 21st Amendment allowed for individual state Governments to regulate commercial activity with regard to alcoholic beverages
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    What is the 18th Amendment?

    “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.

    Section4. Cases relating to this question are presented and discussed under Article V.

    Enforcement Cases produced by enforcement and arising under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments are considered in the discussion appearing under those Amendments.”

    The 18th Amendment Defined

    Date Proposed

    The 18th Amendment was proposed on August 1st, 1917

    Date Passed

    The 18th Amendment was passed of January 16th, 1919

    President of the United States

    Woodrow Wilson was the President of the United States during the ratification of the 18th Amendment

    Stipulations of the 18th Amendment

    The 18th Amendment imposed a legislative statute entitled Prohibition, which limited the consumption of alcohol to a small amount of circumstances; however, the ownership, sale, or possession of alcohol was considered to be illegal

    The 18th Amendment was due in part to a response from lobbying undertaken by the Temperance Movement – a social activist group promoting the cessation of mass-availability of alcohol within the United States

    18th Amendment Facts

    The Volstead Act (The National Prohibition Act), which was a legislative act passed defining and classification alcoholic beverages in the wake of the 18th Amendment, instituted a nationwide prohibition of alcoholic beverages effective January 17th, 1920

    Due to the prohibition expressed within the 18th Amendment, clandestine institutions providing the illegal disbursement of alcohol emerged – these operations were commonly referred to as ‘Speakeasies’

    States Ratifying the 18th Amendment

    1. Alabama

    2. Arizona

    3. Arkansas

    4. California

    5. Colorado

    6. Delaware

    7. Florida

    8. Georgia

    9. Idaho

    10. Illinois

    11. Indiana

    12. Iowa

    13. Kansas

    14. Kentucky

    15. Louisiana

    16. Maine

    17. Maryland

    18. Massachusetts

    19. Michigan

    20. Minnesota

    21. Mississippi

    22. Missouri

    23. Montana

    24. Nebraska

    25. Nevada

    26. New Hampshire

    27. New Jersey

    28. New Mexico

    29. New York

    30. North Carolina

    31. North Dakota

    32. Ohio

    33. Oklahoma

    34. Oregon

    35. Pennsylvania

    36. South Carolina

    37. South Dakota

    38. Tennessee

    39. Texas

    40. Utah

    41. Vermont

    42. Virginia

    43. Washington

    44. West Virginia

    45. Wisconsin

    46. Wyoming

    States Not Participatory in the Ratification of the 18th Amendment

    1. Connecticut

    2. Rhode Island

    Statutes Associated with the 18th Amendment

    The 21st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States served to repeal the 18th Amendment; the 21st Amendment was a direct response to Prohibition – the 21st Amendment allowed for individual state Governments to regulate commercial activity with regard to alcoholic beverages

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