American Temperance Movement

Demon Liquor

Alcohol was seen as the root of many an evil. This editorial cartoon lays alcohol to blame for such social ills as manslaughter and bigotry, as well as various illness.


Passed by Congress December 18, 1917. Ratified January 16, 1919. Repealed by amendment 21.

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 for 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.

Prohibition in the News

Two years after Prohibition, The Ogden Standard-Examiner reports that enforcement is uneven throughout the country, and reviews are mixed as to its effectiveness.