ACTIVITY 1
AMENDMENT 18, VOLSTEAD ACT, AMENDMENT 21
 

Directions:  Read the following information and answer the questions.

The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealed the 18th Amendment.  The repeal did not prevent local areas or states from maintaining the ban on alcohol.  It ended the national ban on alcohol.

U.S. CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT 18
(Ratified January 16, 1919.  Repealed December 5, 1933 by Amendment 21)

     Section 1.  After one year from 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 prohibited.
     Section 2.  The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

432.  THE VOLSTEAD ACT
October 28, 1919
(U.S. Statutes at Large, Vol. XXXXI, pp. 305 ff.)
     Be it Enacted . . . . that the short title of this Act shall be the "National Prohibition Act."

THE VOLSTEAD ACT
TITLE II.
Prohibition of Intoxicating Beverages.

SEC.3.  No person shall on or after the date when the eighteenth amendment to the Constitution of the Unites States goes into effect, manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, export, deliver, furnish or possess any intoxicating liquor except as authorized in this Act, and all the provision of this Act shall be liberally construed to the end that the use of intoxicating liquor as a beverage may be prevented.
     Liquor for nonbeverage purposes and wine for sacramental purposes may be manufactured, purchased, sold, bartered, transported, imported, exported, delivered, furnished and possessed, but only as herein provided, and the commissioner may, upon application, issue permits therefore:  Provided, That nothing in this Act shall prohibit the purchase nd sale of warehouse receipts covering distilled spirits on deposit in government bonded warehouses, and no special tax liability shall attach to the business of purchasing and selling such warehouse receipts. . .

U.S. CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT 21
(Ratified December 5, 1933)

Section 1.  The eighteenth article of amendment of the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
 

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION

  1. Did the Volstead Act and the 18th Amendment outlaw the sale, manufacture, and transport of alcoholic beverages?
  1. Did the Volstead Act outlaw the consumption of alcoholic beverages?
  1. Did the 21st Amendment guarantee that people could consume alcoholic beverages?
  1. After repeal, could states and local regions still ban alcoholic beverages?
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From United States History:  Focus on Economics, @ National Council on Economic Education, New York, NY

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