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60 Rare Historical Photos That You Probably Haven't Seen Before

Uncategorized | January 16, 2019

The reaction at this bar the night Congress repealed Prohibition in 1933.

Source: Reddit

Yes, there was once a time when drinking alcohol was illegal in the United States. And this era was called: Prohibition. Did it work? No. What happened? It gave rise to gangsters selling illegal alcohol and vicious gangland murders occurring because of turf wars. But on December 5th 1933, Prohibition ended. Yes, on this date the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment, and bringing an end of national prohibition in America. And how did people celebrate? By getting rat-assed drunk. Prohibition fully failed to enforce sobriety, cost the country billions, rapidly lost popular support throughout the 1930s.

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