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The U.S. Constitution, 2nd Edition by Timothy Harper

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CHAPTER15

The Eighteenth and Twenty-First Amendments: Prohibition and Repeal

In This Chapter

  • The Eighteenth Amendment: Prohibition
  • Alcohol in America
  • The Volstead Act
  • The Twenty-First Amendment: repeal

It’s difficult today to imagine a United States in which drinking alcohol would be so widely criticized that the federal government would try to outlaw it entirely. But that’s exactly what happened in the early part of the twentieth century—with disastrous results and a classic lesson in what happens when a government tries to go too far in regulating personal behavior in a democracy founded on individual liberty.

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