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18th Amendment

Happy birthday (kind of) to the 18th Amendment!

January 16, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1919 that the Constitution gained a new amendment. However, the 18th Amendment, which made Prohibition the law of the land, had a short shelf life, since it was repealed in the early 1930s.

Five interesting facts about Prohibition’s end in 1933

December 5, 2018 By NCC Staff

On December 5, 1933, three states voted to repeal Prohibition, putting the ratification of the 21st Amendment into place. But did Prohibition really end on that fateful day?

A wine case worth watching at the Supreme Court

October 12, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

It’s rare for the Supreme Court to take new cases about the 21st Amendment, which ended Prohibition. But sometime next year, the Justices will consider the fate of interstate retail wine sales in a new age.

Olmstead case was a watershed for Supreme Court

June 4, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the landmark Olmstead v. United States wiretapping case decided by the Supreme Court, which had a far-reaching impact still felt today.

The constitutional origins of National Beer Day

April 7, 2018 By NCC Staff

April 7 is a day celebrated nationally by beer lovers as a big anniversary near the end of Prohibition in 1933, when legal beer sales returned in the United States for the first time in 13 years.

Podcast: The constitutional legacy of Prohibition

March 9, 2017 By NCC Staff

Historians Lisa Andersen and Josh Zeitz explore the history and politics of Prohibition, including its impact on federal power and civil liberties.

Video: The constitutional legacy of Prohibition

March 2, 2017 By NCC Staff

Historians Lisa Andersen and Josh Zeitz explore the history and politics of Prohibition, including its impact on federal power and civil liberties.

Obama not the only beer-loving president in history

April 7, 2016 By NCC Staff

What does Barack Obama have in common with George Washington, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson? All four presidents will go down in history as loving their beer, as well as their country.

18th Amendment: Prohibition of Intoxicating Liquors

February 18, 2014 By NCC Staff

The "noble experiment" of Prohibition was instituted by this amendment in 1919, only to be repealed 14 years later by the 21st amendment.

18th Amendment: Prohibition

December 17, 2013 By NCC Staff

The "noble experiment" of Prohibition was instituted by this amendment, only to be repealed 14 years later by the 21st amendment.

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