18th Amendment: Causes and Reasons for Prohibition
Why was Prohibition introduced? What were the Causes and Reasons
for Prohibition? There are several reasons why
Prohibition was initiated.
Anti-drinking feelings were stoked by many Americans who
believed that alcohol should be banned on religious and moral
grounds. The temperance movement had gained support in rural
areas who feared the temptations found in the cities. It was also a difficult time due to the effect of WW1
and the mood of the nation was somber, it was argued that
drinking alcohol was damaging American society. Anti-saloon
groups were set up, women backed these fearing the damaging
effect of alcohol on the male members of the family due to the
medical and social implications of drinking. Many politicians
backed Prohibition, some because they would get the votes of
people who were against the consumption of liquor.
For additional facts refer to the
18th Amendment: The Volstead Act
Congress enacted the Volstead Act, officially
known as the National Prohibition Act, to enforce the amendment,
which became effective on January 29, 1920.
18th Amendment Meaning, Explanation and Summary
The meaning of the words and
phrases in the 18th Amendment of the Constitution are explained as follows
- this was Repealed (cancelled) by the
21st Amendment on 12/5/1933.
18th Amendment: Meaning of the Words of the Amendment
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
Explanation & Meaning: This
gave warning that starting on January 16, 1920 it
would be illegal to make, sell, transport, import or
export alcohol anywhere in the United States or in any
of the US territories.
The Congress and
the several States shall have concurrent power to
enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
confirmed that Congress and every state were empowered
to enforce this law.
Meaning: This will
not be effective unless it is ratified by the
legislatures of the states within seven years from the
date it was sent to them.
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.
(It was cancelled on
12/5/1933 by the 21st amendment)
18th Amendment: Meaning
of the Words of the Eighteenth Amendment