Anniversary of the End of Prohibition
As many local bars have been eager to remind us, this weekend marked the 75th anniversary of the 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1933. The 21st amendment repealed the 18th amendment, which was passed in 1919 and was popularly known as Prohibition. Here’s actor Bill Irwin reading the 21st and 22nd amendments.
This video is from a dramatic reading of the U.S. constitution sponsored by People for the American Way in 2004. Lots of other famous people participated in the event, and the videos are quite fun and moving to watch. The thirst for a return to the rule of law is palpable among the audience. And that was four years ago.
The amendments are the best part, of course, because they reveal the history of the expansion of rights in the U.S. since the country was established. The 5th through 10th amendments are particularly worth hearing again.