A&E Television Networks: History: Prohibition

The involvement of the U.S. in World War I led to a concern over food supplies. In an effort to save grain for food, the government enacted the 18th Amendment prohibiting all production and sales of liquor. On October 28, 1919, the Volstead Act, also known as the National Prohibition Act, was put into effect to enforce the 18th Amendment. Find video clips and commentary highlighting the background, challenges, and eventually the end of Prohibition in 1933. Check out advertisements from the era, Blue Laws, gangsters known for bootlegging, and the Anti-Saloon League who argued the moral issues which arise from alcohol consumption.

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