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Shots for Everyone; 21 Is Buying

Whiskey Shots

What’s for dinner?
(Photo credit: Kirti Poddar)

In 1933 the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution did away with Prohibition by repealing the 18th Amendment. Enacted in 1919, Prohibition had proved to be a rousing failure: both consumption of and crime related to alcohol soared during those bleak years. The 21st is the only amendment whose sole purpose is repealing another amendment, and the only ratified via individual states’ conventions rather than the states’ legislatures. This method was chosen because the folks in the temperance movement were, collectively, a major pain in the ass. Many lawmakers were eager to repeal Prohibition, even if they couldn’t admit it without the temperance movement causing them grief. As he was about to sign the legislation doing away with this nonsense, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” And now is a good time for a moving tribute to alcohol in all its glory:

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