Then & Now
Way Back When: Prohibition Repeal
One signature tore the lid off America – along with its liquor. On December 5th, 1933, with a few flicks of his pen, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the 21st Amendment that ended Prohibition. As soon as the ban was lifted, liquor legally made its way to drinkers who had grown accustomed to sneaking into speakeasies. Finally, everyday citizens could raise their flagon without ending up in a paddy wagon.