Dec 6, 2007

Something to celebrate: Repeal of Prohibition

Here are some excerpts from a great article by Jeff Burkhart that mentions Mississippi with another example of how Mississippi is usually LAST!




Dec. 5 is a date that holds special significance for anyone in the alcohol industry, yet it passed again with barely a mention.

Even though nobody toasts the 5th intentionally these days, they do it indirectly every time they make a toast.

That date in 1933 was one of the most significant dates in well over a decade for the United States. It was the day Congress ratified the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th amendment and ended Prohibition. The next day - 74 years ago today - people could drink alcohol legally again.

Some might say it was one of the happiest days of the Great Depression.

National Prohibition was accomplished by the 18th Amendment to the Constitution on Jan. 29, 1919, and the Volstead Act passed on Oct. 28, 1919, which effectively banned the "manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors" in the U.S. Initially vetoed by President Woodrow Wilson, it was overridden by Congress and on Jan. 16, 1920, the "Great Experiment" began when the 18th Amendment went into effect.

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Even after the repeal, some states continued to enforce prohibition laws. Mississippi, dry since 1907, was the last state to repeal Prohibition in 1966. There are still many "dry" counties and towns today where no liquor is sold. Today, half of Mississippi's counties are still dry. In fact, a survey conducted by the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association in 2004 concluded that more than 500 municipalities in the country are still dry.

With most of the dry areas located in the south, it is ironic that more than two-thirds of tax revenue on alcohol now comes from that same area.

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Read the rest

3 comments:

Jeannie said...

During prohibition, The Sheriff of Rankin County MS made almost ,if not more than the President of the United States. See Life Magazine--I've forgotten the year

Jeannie said...

during prohibition the Sheriff of Rankin County,MS made as much money if not more than the President of the United States.
Life Magazine published an article showing he current sheriff--probably about 1950.

virginian1968 said...

I grew up in Mississippi, and I remember the liquor stores that existed openly in some places in the state--despite the law. What the people did was to elect a "dry" sheriff or a "wwt" sheriff. A dry sheriff actually enforced the law; a wet sheriff did not. To compund it, the state collected what was called a "black market tax" on the illegal booze.