Cause and Reason for the 21st Amendment
The cause or reason for this addition to the Constitution was
18th Amendment (Prohibition)
(making it illegal to make, sell, transport, import or export
alcohol) was not working. This was reported to the government by
the Wickersham Commission in 1929. There were several reasons
for the failure of Prohibition. There were not enough agents to
enforce the law or control the bootleggers. The low paid agents
were bribed to 'look the other way' and gangsters, such as Al
Capone and Bugs Moran, made money from organized crime selling
liquor and opening bars known as 'speakeasies'. Crime involving
the gangsters escalated, the most famous being the St
Valentine's Day massacre which occurred in 1929 between the
gangs of Capone and Moran. Loss of money was also a great issue
to the government. It has been estimated that during the period
of Prohibition over $2,000 Million was transferred from the
brewing industry and bars to the gangsters and the bootleggers
who made and supplied the liquor.
For additional facts refer to the
21st Amendment Meaning, Explanation and Summary
The meaning of the words and
phrases in the 21st Amendment of the Constitution are explained as follows:
21st Amendment: Meaning of the Words of the Amendment
The eighteenth article of
amendment to the Constitution of the United States is
Explanation & Meaning: The
18th Amendment is repealed meaning cancelled.
The transportation or importation into any State,
Territory, or Possession of the United States for
delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in
violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
Meaning: People in
any state or US territory can make, sell, and transport
alcohol. But this must not be done in any states or
territories that have laws against this.
Meaning: This will
not go into effect unless it is ratified by conventions
in the states within 7 years.
This article shall
be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an
amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the
several States, as provided in the Constitution, within
seven years from the date of the submission hereof to
the States by the Congress.
21st Amendment: Meaning
of the Words of the Twenty-first