Professor Emerita Janet Lieberman
Steven A. Levine
Coordinator for Educational Programs
Eighty one years ago today, the United States ended Prohibition, its failed experiment in making alcohol, the nation’s most popular drug, illegal. From 1920-1933, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution banned the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes." Watch a video of La Guardia Professor Emerita Janet Lieberman describing how easy it was to consume alcohol during Prohibition and a Universal Newspaper Newsreelproduced when Prohibition was repealed.
Fiorello La Guardia was also a leading opponent of Prohibition. To learn more about his views on Prohibition and their similarities to current arguments in favor of marijuana legalization; you can read “Marijuana Legalization Arguments Similar to La Guardia's Arguments Against Prohibition” on the Archives’ blog.
If you are so inclined, you can also make a toast to the 21st Amendment that made your drink possible today.