Prohibition was a period in American history when it was constitutionally illegal to make, transport, or sell alcoholic beverages. Prohibition came about when Congress reacted to a swell of opposition to alcohol initiated by people who saw it as a threat to the family and a civilized way of life. This garnered support from religious groups and many American companies worried about the effects drunkenness had on the safety and productivity of their workers.
The Eighteenth Amendment banning the manufacture, transport, or sale of any intoxicating beverage was ratified on January 29, 1919, and went into effect on January 17, 1920. This initiated the period known as Prohibition, but the law was difficult to enforce and led to an increase...Read more