Friday, June 15, 2012


                                      Amendment XXI
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 The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.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 hereof to the States by the Congress.

The Twenty-first Amendment was ratified on December 5, 1933.  It was proposed by Congress on February 20, 1933.  Unlike all other Amendments, Congress stipulated that State legislatures would not be doing the ratifying.  They raised the bar by decreeing that special  State conventions had to do the approving.  Even with this higher hurdle, it took less than ten months for the Amendment to be ratified.  I suspect they were all thirsty.

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