Happy anniversary to the 21st amendment! The 21st was the one that “repealed the 18th Amendment of January 16, 1919, ending the increasingly unpopular nationwide prohibition of alcohol.”
I could only imagine the energy around the country when the beer and liquor began to flow (legally) again. What a time to be alive!
The text of the 21st amendment is not very complicated. It is short, and oh so sweet!
Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
It is also the only amendment to repeal a prior amendment!
The 21st had to be ratified by 3/4ths of the states. Illinois did their part back in January of 1933, but it wasn’t until Utah voted on Dec. 5th of that year did the 21st become law and the 18th become history.
You may be asking yourself, “Nick, were there any states that voted to KEEP prohibition in place?” Yes, dear reader. There was only one. That would be South Carolina.
To this day I question ever visiting South Carolina for this sole reason. (That’s a joke, I’m sure SC is a nice place to visit).