U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for December 5

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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PROHIBITION ENDS

Profile AmericaThursday, December 5th. After nearly 14 eventful years, Prohibition ended on this date in 1933, and Americans were able to legally have a drink once again. This marked the closing of an unusual chapter in American history, where an amendment to the Constitution was overturned by the subsequent amendment. The 18th amendment, banning nearly all sales and manufacture of alcohol, was ratified in 1919 and took effect in January 1920. The 21st Amendment ratified on this date voided the 18th. After the lifting of prohibition, by the end December of 1933, there were just 17 liquor stores in the entire country. But today, the number of liquor stores has surpassed 35,000, with an additional 40,000 or so other retailers permitted to sell distilled spirits. Profile America is in its 17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources:  http://history1900s.about.com/od/1920s/p/prohibition.htm
Historical Statistics of the United States, Part 2/page 849
http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s1062.xls

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau



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