All About the Twenty-First Amendment (Amendment Xxi) Repealed Prohibition

By Tochukwu. Benedict Ezeifekwuaba


The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution introduced in a period referred to as Prohibition during which the production, distribution as well as the sales of alcoholic beverages was unlawful. The passage of the Eighteenth Amendment in 1919 was the craving success of the temperance movement but it soon became highly infamous. Crime rates increased during prohibition as gangsters; for instance, AL Capone became a wealthy form; profitable and yielding and usually a violent black market for Alcohol. The Federal Government was incapable of eliminating the tide; corruption was proved to be a nearly challenging task. In 1932; a wealthy industrialist was against the Eighteenth Amendment as they expressed their opinion
As more and more Americans were against the Eighteenth Amendment, a political movement enticed rapidly for its repeal. Also; repeal was complexed by grassroots politics. Notwithstanding; the United States (US) constitution provided two means of formally approving constitutional amendments; only one of them is been applied up till date and that was for the approval by the state legislatures of three-fourth (3/4) of the states. Also; the wise decision of the day was that the lawmakers were either simply fearful or behold ends the temperance lobby. As a result of that reason; when congress officially suggested repeal of prohibition on February 20, 1933 (with the requirements of two-thirds having voted in approval in each house; 269 to 121 in the United States (US) House of Representatives and 63 to 21 in the United States (US) senate). It selected the second ratification (approval) method set up by Article V that was being through States conventions. The Twenty-First Amendment (Amendment XXI) is the sole constitutional amendment approved by State Conventions rather than by the approval of the State Legislatures.
All About the Twenty-First Amendment (Amendment Xxi) Repealed Prohibition
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Twenty-First Amendments (Amendment XXI)

The Eighteenth Amendment of the United States (US) constitution which was repealed by Twenty-First Amendment (Amendment XXI) authorized nationwide prohibition on Alcohol on January 17, 1920. The repeal of prohibition in the United States (US) was attained with the passage of the Twenty-First Amendment (Amendment XXI) to the United States (US) constitution in December 5, 1933. It is special among the twenty seven amendments of the United States (US) Constitution for being the only one to nullify a prior amendment and also to have been approved by state ratifying conventions

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Tochukwu. Benedict Ezeifekwuaba

Tochukwu. Benedict Ezeifekwuaba

BSc. in Finance (University of Lagos), Nigeria PGD in Oil and Gas Management (South America University), USA Msc. In Oil and Gas Management (South America University), USA and other degrees and awards


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