Anyone who is a serious student knows about the Volstead Act which ushered in the era of prohibition. Not many know about the Cullen-Harrison Act which was signed by FDR on March 22, 1933. It allowed for the sale of 3.2% beer and wine. It then took until December 5, 1993 for the states to ratify the Act. It was at this time that national prohibition was officially repealed. But, get this: it took another 33 years until all 50 states repealed their own laws. Mississippi was the last to go.
But some forms of prohibition still remain in what are known as “dry counties”. See the map below.
For those of you unfortunate enough to live in one of these dry areas, I offer a non-alcoholic toast. For the rest of my lucky readers, I suggest you remember our past by cracking open a craft beer and watching the short film below.