Prohibition

Amendment 18

Alcohol illegal for everybody.

Congress ratified the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors. Prohibition proved difficult to enforce and failed to have the intended effect of eliminating crime and other social problems–to the contrary, it led to a rise in organized crime, as the bootlegging of alcohol became an ever-more lucrative operation.

Passed: January 16th, 1919

It is still important today because it prohibits young people drinking and making their own alcohol.

Criminals sold alcohol to every day people. People still drank and more heavily, the amendment made everything worse.