The Rise and Fall of Prohibition in America in the 1920’s
A look at why alcohol was banned in the 1920s and the public response to the ban.
On January 17, 1920 America put down the bottle, but not for long. National prohibition lasted for 13 years, yet alcohol consumption remained prevalent in many areas of the country throughout this period. During this time, America faced a plague of bootlegging, smuggling, violence, and scandal. In retrospect, it seems odd that a law like prohibition would ever find its way into the constitution. The transformation of public opinion towards alcohol was essentially the cause of prohibition’s rise and subsequent fall.