Four Years Under the Eighteenth Amendment

January 15, 1924

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  1. On January 16, 1923, the prohibition amendment will have been in effect for four full years. The amendment was proclaimed as a part of the constitution January 29, 1919 to become effective January 16, 1920, one year after ratification by the thirty sixth state.


  1. The best observance of prohibition throughout the nation obtained during the six months, beginning July 1, 1919, when war-time prohibition was in effect, and the succeeding year, the first year under the prohibition amendment. The record of the first eighteen months was due to the wide public support originally given the prohibition principle, rather than effective enforcement.

  2. During 1921 there was a serious falling off in public support and respect for the amendment and the Volstead act, which was reflected in increased arrests for drunkenness, increased admissions to hospitals for alcoholism and increased deaths from this cause. Serious corruption, leading to many scandals, developed at the same time in the Federal Prohibition Enforcement Unit.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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Nov. 03, 1943  Liquor Supply and Control
Oct. 04, 1933  Liquor Control after Repeal
Feb. 02, 1933  Preparations for Prohibition Repeal
Aug. 11, 1932  Prohibition After the 1932 Elections
May 16, 1932  Prohibition in the 1932 Conventions
Sep. 25, 1931  Economic Effects of Prohibition Repeal
Feb. 25, 1931  The States and the Prohibition Amendment
Jan. 26, 1931  Validity of the Eighteenth Amendment
Oct. 15, 1930  The Liquor Problem in Politics
Sep. 02, 1929  Reorganization of Prohibition Enforcement
Oct. 31, 1928  Social and Economic Effects of Prohibition
Aug. 07, 1928  Liquor Control in the United States
Apr. 23, 1927  The Prohibition Issue in National Politics
Jun. 05, 1926  Prohibition in the United States
Apr. 21, 1926  Prohibition in Foreign Countries
Jan. 15, 1924  Four Years Under the Eighteenth Amendment
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