November 18, 2009

The Eighteenth Amendment.

"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."

The eighteenth amendment stopped alcohol in the United States-- it prohibited to be sold, manufactured, or consumed in the United States. This was in my opinion, one of the worst ideas! This amendment didn't stop people from drinking and selling alcohol, it only stopped them from doing it legally. People began making their own alcohol and feeling the need to sneak around, it really didn't stop anything. In my opinion it did far more bad than good.

This is a pretty creative video someone made for their history class. I think it's very amusing and has a great amount of footage from various movies that support the amendment.

This is a video of Bill Irwin in 2004 reading the 18th amendment for the People for the American Way's Constitution reading in New York City.