The 18th Amendment (1919)

Ratified by Congress on January 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment imposed a federal ban on the manufacture, sale, transport and consumption of alcohol. In 1933 it was repealed by the 21st Amendment, bringing the Prohibition Era to a close. Read the full text here.
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  1. article
    a separate section of a legal document
    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.
  2. intoxicating
    causing a state resulting from excessive intake of alcohol
    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.
  3. importation
    the commercial activity of buying goods from another country
    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.
  4. subject
    being under the power or sovereignty of another or others
    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.
  5. jurisdiction
    the territory within which power can be exercised
    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.
  6. prohibited
    forbidden by law
    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.
  7. concurrent
    occurring or operating at the same time
    The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
  8. ratify
    approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
    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.
  9. legislature
    an assembly that makes, amends, or repeals laws
    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.
  10. submission
    something put forward for the judgment of others
    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.
Created on September 25, 2019 (updated September 26, 2019)

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