Timelines
Prohibition Introduced

  • 1619
    Colonies Pass Laws Against Public Drunkenness

  • 1675
    Office Of Tithingman Established In Massachusetts

  • 1697
    New York Prohibits Sale Of Liquor On Sundays

  • 1815
    Temperance Movement Makes Strides

  • 1851
    Maine Becomes First State To Pass General Liquor Ban

  • 1855
    More States Temperance Laws Passed

  • 1868
    Prohibitionists Worry Most Government Revenue From Liquor, Tobacco Taxes

  • 1869
    National Prohibition Party Forms

  • 1874
    Women's Christian Temperance Union Organizes

  • 1893
    Anti-Saloon League Forms

  • 1913
    Interstate Liquor Act Prohibits Shipment Of Alcohol Into Dry States

  • 1917
    Congress Sends Eighteenth Amendment To States

  • 1918
    State Constitutional Amendments Passed To Outlaw Alcohol

  • 1919
    Congress Passes Volstead Act To Enforce Prohibition

  • 1920
    Internal Revenue Service Assigned To Enforce Prohibition

  • 1927
    States Pass Laws To Undermine Prohibition
    Voluntary Committee Of Lawyers Forms To Repeal Prohibition

  • 1928
    Presidential Candidate Alfred Smith Supports Repeal Of Prohibition
    Hoover Appoints Wickersham Commission

  • 1932
    Democratic Candidate FDR Calls For End Of Prohibition

  • 1933
    Twenty-first Amendment Ratified By States
    Congress Amends Volstead Act

  • 1934
    After Repeal, Liquor Prosecutions Halted
    Excise Taxes On Alcohol Climb After Prohibition

  • 1978
    Carter Legalizes Home Brewing Of Beer

  • 1980
    Calif. Attempt To Set Wine Prices Found Illegal

  • 1981
    States Can Ban Liquor Sales