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January 16, 1919: Prohibition Is Approved

January 16, 1919: Prohibition Is Approved

The 18th Amendment was the product of decades of efforts by the grassroots temperance movement. At the time, almost 75% of the New York State’s revenue was derived from liquor taxes. With Prohibition in effect, that revenue was immediately lost. In the end, prohibition cost the federal government a total of $11...

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