Repeal Day – December 5th
In 2019, there’s never a time that we can’t get a drink. In East Tennessee, we have to wait until 10 am on Sundays to buy, but that’s about it. This was not always the case, though. Let’s take a look back at what some of our ancestors had to go through in order to sip on a nice glass of whiskey.
Prohibition began on January 16th, 1919, when Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment. Many reasons led to the belief that Prohibition needed to be put into place. Some people thought that alcohol was the reason for all mental and physical illnesses, poverty, and crime within their communities. While there was no proof to back this up, this is what the rule-makers believed, and so, it became law. As you might guess, the outlaw of alcohol did nothing but increase public intoxication, poverty, and, ultimately, crime.
People wanted alcohol, and they were going to do everything in their power to get it – if they had to break the law to do so, so be it. There were many organizations formed to repeal the Prohibition Act. In fact, many of these organizations consisted of people who once supported the idea of Prohibition. That’s right – Prohibition was causing such a severe issue that former Prohibitionists were calling for the legalization of alcohol.
On December 5th, 1933, America regained its freedom to buy and drink alcoholic beverages with the ratification of the 21st Amendment. This was the day that Prohibition ended in America as a whole; however, there were some states that still had Prohibition policies in place. The 21st Amendment allowed for state-by-state regulation, but by 1966 alcohol was legal in all states.
This year, you should celebrate Repeal Day with a celebratory drink in honor of our country and those who demanded the repeal of Prohibition. On December 5th, stop by Old Tennessee Distilling Company and grab some moonshine, whiskey or whatever suits your fancy, and raise a glass to the repeal of Prohibition! Also, be sure to say a little thank you that you didn’t have to live through those days, because we can only imagine what it would have been like.