Understanding the Constitution – 18th Amendment

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Consitution of the United States and Feather QuillPassed by Congress: Dec 18th, 1917

Ratified: Jan 16th, 1919

Repealed by the 21st Amendment: Dec 5, 1933

18th Amendment

Section 1: After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof fro beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

Section 2: The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 3: This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

This amendment made millions of criminals out of normally law abiding citizens and made some criminals, like Al Capone, millions of dollars.  This outlawed alcohol in the United States.

This amendment was overturned by the 21st Amendment.

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