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Prohibition - Things To Remember While Reading Excerpts From The Eighteenth Amendment—prohibition Of Intoxicating Liquors:

  • Prohibition officially went into effect on January 16, 1920.
  • Prohibitionists believed enforcement would be easy and inexpensive.
  • Crime syndicates had previously been organized around gambling, prostitution, and other vices. It readily adapted to the new financial bonanza of bootlegging illegal liquor.
  • Since the United States did not have a personal income tax until 1915, money from liquor taxes became a primary source of funding for the federal government from 1870 to 1915.
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