Repeal

by Staff Writer - A. Heinzman | June 14, 2012

Repeal is a term referring the end of prohibition in the 1930s of the United States. The term Repeal comes from the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment of the Constitution, which occurred in 1933.

United States national prohibition was enacted with the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1920. Strong temperance movements and religious organizations built political clout that led to the adaptation of prohibition. While the goals of prohibition were an increase in public morals and health, the reality of prohibition led to increased crime and political corruption. Prohibition became an unpopular act and was repealed in 1933. However, the political clout of the various temperance movements did not loose steam. New pro-temperance legislation could be observed often with negative effects on alcohol producers. For example, legislation in New York State set-up licensing fees that made it impossible for small family run vineyards to operate legally. Other states were more fortunate and quickly rebuilt their wine industries.

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