RATIFICATION OF THE 18TH AMENDMENT AND PASSAGE OF THE VOLSTEAD ACT
BEGIN PROHIBITION IN THE U.S.
As Gary Buysse, operations manager at Rogers Wines and Spirits in Rogers, MN (and MMBA board member) explains, after the repeal of the Volstead Act
, municipalities throughout the state of Minnesota were searching for the next step that fit for their communities.
The US Congress passed the Volstead Act
, paving the way for Prohibition in January, with a ban on producing and selling intoxicating liquor.
Other than stimulating the growth of organized crime and NASCAR racing, the Eighteenth Amendment and the Volstead Act
did not produce a lasting impact on American history.
On Valentine's Day 1920, less than a month after Prohibition began, a raid to enforce the Volstead Act
ignited a firestorm in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Congress repealed the Sedition Act, the Volstead Act
(a Prohibition-Era law), and a national speed limit after recognizing that the laws were no longer necessary.
History professor McGirr finds that enforcement of the Volstead Act
, which provided for enforcement of the 18th Amendment, hit working class, urban immigrant, and poor communities the hardest.
The Bronfman family expanded their liquor business by supplying the US market after the Volstead Act
shut down the (legal) industry there.
Alaskans now had two separate statutes criminalizing their possession of alcohol: Alaska's 1917 Bone Dry law and the 1919 national Volstead Act
. (222) As the Volstead Act
had lesser penalties, criminal defendants charged under the harsher Bone Dry law argued that it had been repealed by the Volstead Act
Officially it was the Eighteenth Amendment, or the Volstead Act
. We know it as Prohibition.
After passage of the Volstead Act
, (17) however, the AMA asserted that alcohol could be used to treat 27 different conditions and ailments.
The author's style is folksy, and he often clutches a clichA[c] and squeezes out extra metaphorical meaning: "The streets of the Ward were not paved with gold, but they were paved." Sometimes he uses a common phrase in an uncommon context, giving it new life; Bossin scorns the Volstead Act
and comments that it "offered the greatest affirmative action program for criminals ever devised." His proficiency in writing is evident when his father retells one of the more famous jokes about race horses, the saga of Lucky Seven.