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Video: The constitutional legacy of Prohibition

March 2, 2017 by NCC Staff


Josh Zeitz, Lisa Andersen and Jeffrey Rosen

Why did Americans amend the Constitution to prohibit the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors,” only to resist and repeal the 18th Amendment just over a decade later?

Historians Lisa Andersen and Josh Zeitz explore the history and politics of Prohibition, including its impact on federal power and civil liberties. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

This program was presented in conjunction with the opening party for the Constitution Center’s new feature exhibit, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

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