Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

By Roger Harnack
Gazette Publisher 

Prohibition 2.0


December 17, 2020

On Dec. 18, 1917, Congress proposed the 18th Amendment, which would later make it illegal to make, buy, sell or drink alcohol. Two years later, after ratification Jan. 16, 1919, prohibition became the law of the land.

For nearly 14 years, Americans who wanted to have an adult beverage were forced underground. They danced, dined, drank and gambled in what became known as a “speakeasy.” Law enforcement and other public employees often knew about their clandestine watering hole and even joined the local folk exercising their constitutional rights to peaceably assemble and pursue happiness...

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