December 5 1933
So, Prohibition. Was it really that long ago?
Anti-Alcohol Prohibition Parade, Newark NJ, Oct. 28, 1932
On this day, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment and bringing an end to the era of national prohibition of alcohol in America. at 5:32p.m. EST, Utah became the 26th state to ratify the amendment, achieving the requisite three-fourths majority of sates' approval. Pennsylvania and Ohio had ratified it earlier in the day.
In the meantime, Congress passed the Volstead Act on October 28 1919, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto. The Volstead Act provided the enforcement of Prohibition, including the creation of a special Prohibition unit of the Treasury Department. In its first six months, the unit destroyed thousands of illicit stills run by bootleggers. However, federal agents and police did little more than slow the flow of booze, and organized crime flourished in America. Large-scale bootleggers like Al Capone of Chicago built criminal empires out of illegal distribution efforts, and federal and state governments lost billions in tax revenue. In most urban areas, the individual consumption of alcohol was largely tolerated and drinkers gathered at "speakeasies," the Prohibition-era term for a saloon.
Prohibition failing fully to enforce sobriety, and costing billions, rapidly lost popular support in the early 1930's. In 1933, national Prohibition was over. However, some states like Mississippi became the last dry state in the Union, and ended Prohibition in 1966.
Sometimes even now, the history isn't far away from us. In Savannah, not only do we have the the first distillery since Prohibition, we also have a bar named after the time period! I know it's a Tuesday night, but we support your night cap, or after-work cap, a little drink as a toast to Wednesday morning! Check out Prohibition Savannah. Hear hear!
Prohibition Savannah is a new bar in the Savannaian scene, but has already been up and moving in Charleston, S.C!
Come for drinks, craft cocktails and beers, a little dinner if you need something to noche on while you drink. This bar is worth it. Where else would you celebrate the end of an era, a dark time in the past?
Happy drinking legally day, y'all!