Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Utah Repealed Prohibition 75 Years Ago Today


The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was approved by congress on February 20, 1933. It then went to the states to be ratified by constitutional conventions. 36 states needed to pass for the amendment to take affect.

On April 10 of that year, Michigan became the first state to ratify the amendment. The 36th state didn't roll around until December 5.

That state?

Utah.

For those of you unfamiliar with the 21st amendment, it repealed the 18th amendment, which was the prohibition of alcohol.

To be fair, Ohio and Pennsylvania also voted on December 5. Maine was state #37 on Dec 6, and Montana ratified the following August. South Carolina voted against ratification on Dec 4.

-Bob

1 comment:

Oldenburg said...

Wow, using the Polygamy Porter bottle, that takes guts.

Do you know why it passed in Utah? Did the Church leaders at the time say anything about it?

It seems that banning alcohol was the best thing that ever happened to organized crime.