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Relationship Between Amendment 18 and 21

What is the relationship between Amendment 18 and Amendment 21 in the United States History? Amendment 18 prohibits the use of alcohol, whether for selling, buying, or drinking purposes, but Amendment 21 repeals Amendment 18 and reopened the use of alcohol in the United States. In this lesson, we learn more about the summaries of Amendment 18 and Amendment 21, their significance, and the relationship between Amendment 18 and Amendment 21 in American history.

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Amendment #18- Prohibition of Liquor

Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

Section 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

Ratified January 16, 1919. Repealed by the Twenty-First, December 5, 1933

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Amendment #21-Repeal of Prohibition

Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission here of to the States by the Congress.

Ratified December 5, 1933

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Summary of Amendment 18 and Amendment 21 in Our Own Words: (b)

    Amendment 18:

Illegal or toxic liquor or alcohol shall not be sold or made here in the United States and its territories. There will be consequences if this rule is not followed.

    Amendment 21:

Amendment 18, which says selling or making alcohol is illegal, is repealed or removed. Therefore, toxic and illegal liquor is once again allowed in the U.S.

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Importance of Amendment 18 and Amendment 21: History and Explanation

    Amendment 18:

We believe that the eighteenth Amendment was important at the time of its ratification because alcohol was a dangerous drug if used in an abusing way. For example, there would be a lot of diseases formed from the cause of drinking too much toxic alcohol, and possibly, there might be fatal accidents, too. However, Amendment 21 was also essential because we think Amendment 18’s repeal was necessarily. That’s because sometimes, it is good to have dinner or a party with alcohol and enjoy a new drink.

    Amendment 21:

The history of why Amendment 18 was added was because the industry on alcohol was going too high and that many people saw the “evils of drinking”. The common people felt that the production, sale, and use should be prohibited. For Amendment 21, the history behind it was that after Amendment 18 was passed, there were just too many cases on handling alcohol. There was also a lack of enforcement, and too many people were opposed to the Prohibition. Thus, Amendment 21 repealed Amendment 18.

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