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Happy Repeal Day! 80 Years Ago Prohibition was Repealed

On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, thus repealing the 18th Amendment and marking the end to enforcement of the Volstead Act and the official end of the period known as “Prohibition.” Most historians agree that Prohibition was a failure. Born out of the late 19th Century formation of temperance societies, like the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, Prohibition was intended to strengthen families and reduce social problems caused by overconsumption of alcohol. Instead, it brought more than 10 years of increased crime, and little or no decrease in alcohol consumption (but it did give rise to great terms like Speakeasy, the Real McCoy, and Blind Pig). After 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, 17 hours and 32.5 minutes of Prohibition, the Noble Experiment finally ended and alcohol could once again be purchased legally in the U.S. Happy Repeal Day from everyone at Strike & Techel. Cheers!

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