Today In History
Eighty years ago today, three states — Pennsylvania, Ohio and Utah — approved the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment and, ergo, Prohibition.
“What America needs now is a drink,” President Roosevelt famously declared, as if America hadn’t been drinking all along during the 13 years of allegedly booze-free America, hooch being readily available and people being willing to ignore the law.
It’s interesting that Utah gets the credit as the final state needed to ratify the 21st, since two states with far more influence and far bigger footprints did the same contemporaneously. Utah is likely remembered as the turning-point state because it makes for a more interesting story that a state which, to this day, places bizarre restrictions on the sale of alcohol is, in fact, the one that made it legal to drink again.
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