On This Day: Prohibition

On this day in 1920, the 18th Amendment went into effect. Prior to its ratification in 1919, alcohol was prevalent across the country. Problems stemming from its use led to a temperance movement across the nation. View the following video clips to learn about events that led to the creation of the 18th Amendment, the effects of its ratification and how it was repealed by the 21st Amendment in 1933.

Life Before Prohibition

Ken Burns talks about what life was like before Prohibition.

Additional Resource

  • Lesson Plan: Prohibition in the United States

    In this lesson, students will learn about the reasons for Prohibition, the impact it had across the country, the reasons for its repeal, as well as its legacy in the United States.