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The Volstead Act is the popular name for the National Prohibition Act (1919). It enabled Federal enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which had banned the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors" in the United States. The Volstead Act also provided enabling legislation for the amendment, treating such matters as the definition of "intoxicating liquors", medicinal use, and criminal penalties. Amendment XVIII in the National Archives Prohibition agents destroying barrels of alcohol. ...

The law was popularly named after Andrew Volstead, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversaw its passage. However, Volstead served as the legislation’s sponsor and facilitator rather than its author. It was the Anti-Saloon League’s Wayne Wheeler who conceived and drafted the bill. Cover of Time Magazine (March 29, 1926) Andrew John Volstead (October 31, 1860 – January 20, 1947) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota from 1903 to 1923. ... The Anti-Saloon League was the leading organization lobbying for prohibition in the United States in the early 20th century. ... Wayne Bidwell Wheeler (1869–1927) was born at Brookfield, Ohio. ...

The bill was vetoed by President Woodrow Wilson but overridden by Congress on the same day, October 28, 1919. The Volstead Act specified that “no person shall manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, export, deliver, furnish or possess any intoxicating liquor except as authorized by this act.” It did not specifically prohibit the purchase or use of intoxicating liquors. The act defined intoxicating liquor as any beverage over 0.5% alcohol and superseded all existing prohibition laws in effect in states with such legislation. The combination of the Eighteenth Amendment and the laws passed under its authority became known as simply "Prohibition" and enormously impacted United States society in the 1920's (popularly known as the Roaring Twenties). Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924), was the 28th President of the United States. ... Prohibition agents destroying barrels of alcohol. ... A scene typical of the Follies of Florenz Ziegfeld, the most popular Broadway impresario of the decade. ...

The effects of Prohibition were largely unanticipated. Production, importation and distribution of alcoholic beverages -- once the province of legitimate business -- were taken over by criminal gangs, which fought each other for market control in violent confrontations, often including mass murder. (See, e.g., Al Capone.) The top gangsters became rich and were admired by many, effectively making murderers into national celebrities. Enforcement was difficult: the gangs became so rich that they were often able to bribe underpaid and understaffed law-enforcement personnel. Many citizens were sympathetic to bootleggers and respectable citizens were lured to the romance of illegal speakeasies (also called "blind pigs"). Those inclined to assist authorities were often intimidated,even murdered. In several major cities -- notably those which served as major point of liquor importation, such as Chicago and Detroit -- gangs wielded effective political power. (A state police raid on Detroit's Deutsches Haus once netted the mayor, the sheriff, and the local congressman.) “Capone” redirects here. ... Gangsters are members of a professional crime organization, i. ... One of the leading online mafia games Located at http://www. ... A Speakeasy was an establishment that was used for selling and drinking of alcoholic beverages during the period of U.S. history known as Prohibition, when selling or buying alcohol was illegal. ... The Blind Pigs are a punk rock band formed in 1993 in the city of Barueri, Brazil with influences as Forgotten Rebels, Misfits and Ramones. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor...

Prohibition also lost advocates as alcohol gained increasing social acceptance. The loosening of social mores during the 1920's included popularizing the cocktail and the cocktail party among higher socioeconomic groups. A cocktail. ... Cocktail party can mean: Primarily, a party where cocktails are served and women may choose to wear a cocktail dress. ...

By 1933, public opposition to prohibition had become overwhelming. In January, 1933, Congress sought to preempt opposition with the Blair Act, which legalized "3.2 beer" (i.e., beer 3.2% alcohol by weight or 4% by volume), but it was insufficient. Congress proposed an amendment to repeal Prohibition in February and, on December 5, 1933, the nation ratified the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment and restored control of alcohol to the states.


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Volstead Act is the popular name for the National Prohibition Act (41 Stat.
On January 16th, 1920, the National Prohibition Act, otherwise known as the Volstead Act (after the Republican politician who engineered its introduction), was passed by the Federal Government.
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The Act is named for Representative Andrew Volstead (Republican from Minnesota), the sponsor of the Act.
The Act was passed by the United States Congress on October 28, 1919 over the veto by President Woodrow Wilson.
Prohibition was effectively repealed in early 1933 by the passage of the Blaine Act which allowed "3.2 beer" (3.2% alcohol by weight, 4% by volume).
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