On January 16, 1919, the United States ratified the 18th Amendment, which outlawed the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol, thus beginning Prohibition. The Constitution Center is marking the date today with special programming. (Photo by T. Scheid for GPTMC)
This may still be hard to swallow but exactly 94 years ago today, January 16, 1919, the United States ratified the 18th Amendment, which outlawed the manufacture, sale and transportation of intoxicating liquors.
In less than the amount of characters allowed in a Tweet today (112 to be exact), the constitutional amendment began a 13-year national experiment with Prohibition. And it wasn’t until the 21st Amendment, the only Amendment to repeal another Amendment, ended it.
Now nearly a century later, the National Constitution Center is throwing it back with a day of special gallery talks lead by the super knowledgeable staff, inside their must-see American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibit.
Get an exclusive look at an original copy of the 18th Amendment congressional resolution and notification letter sent to the state of Pennsylvania, and a look into the lives of the Prohibition’s biggest players to round out this roaring good time.
18th Amendment Anniversary at the National Constitution Center
When: January 16, 2013
Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost: Included with general admission
More info: prohibition.constitutioncenter.org