Please like our Facebook Page:

The 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

What is the 21st Amendment in simple terms?

Section one of the Twenty-First Amendment of the United States Constitution states that the Constitution‘s 18th Amendment is repealed. This means that once the Twenty-First Amendment passed, the Eighteenth Amendment would be permanently removed from the Constitution.

Section Two of the 21st Amendment prohibits the importation and possession of intoxicating liquors within the United States by violating the law. This section of the Amendment permits states to prohibit the transportation, importation, sale, or possession of alcoholic beverages.

Section Three of the Twenty-First Amendment states that the article has to be ratified as an amendment to the United States Constitution to be operative within seven years from the date Congress submits it to each state.

When was the 21st Amendment pass?

The 21st Amendment had to be ratified by states in seven years for the end of national prohibition to be enacted as part of the constitution. After passing in Congress, it was set to be ratified in February of 1933. The 21st Amendment was to take out another amendment in the constitution, and it passed quickly.

What Did The 21st Amendment Do?

In simple terms, on December 5, 1933, the nationwide Prohibition that had lasted for fourteen years came to an end. This happened after the state of Utah and thirty-six other states ratified the Twenty-First Amendment of the Constitution. Each state came up with its own rules regarding alcoholic beverages from drinking age limits, importation, and sales. However, the drinking age is similar among most states. The main reason being that federal funds are only provided to a state when the minimum age is21 years old.

The Termination of Prohibition

After the 18th Amendment was ratified in the constitution and instituted prohibition, the Twenty-First Amendment was later ratified and ended Prohibition. The support of Prohibition came mainly from the Temperance Movement that backed it up.

Prohibition was an epic failure, and the Twenty-First Amendment was an acknowledgment of this fact. Criminals had taken advantage, and they sold illegally to those who wanted it. This showed how much people were disrespecting the law. However, alcohol was only completely legal in different parts of the country after the Eighteenth Amendment was repealed from the constitution. Some states had made it legal, but others still chose to maintain the previous anti-alcohol laws that had been set. The States kept the laws for a long time, referred to as “dry laws.”

Why The Twenty-First Amendment Was Enacted

Currently, adults of legal drinking age have to follow the rules on when and where they can purchase an alcohol drink: wine, spirits, liquor, or beer. The question that’s most asked is why the public opinion had gone against Prohibition?

It wasn’t only influenced by people wanting to consume alcoholic beverages. Most citizens agreed that it was an experiment that had failed as it hadn’t reduced the alcoholism rate.

The worse thing that arose from Prohibition was, the people who were against it showed their evilness. Many terrible acts came into play, including the growing black market for alcohol and how law enforcement lost its willingness to fight against these illegal acts. Also, organized crime syndicates were on the rise during Prohibition. They used to bribe police so that they could carry on their business with illegal alcohol. Police took the bribes, and this made it even more apparent that Prohibition was failing.

21st Amendment Brewery

It is worth mentioning that to commemorate the 21st Amendment, there is now a bar and brewery which sells craft beer and IPA.


We would like to send you an update when we post extra content to our blog.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Leaving a comment is the best way to voice your opinion about the constitution or other matters. is happy to hear all views and discussions. All comments are moderated, although are not refused based on standpoint. We try to take an unbiased stance.

Leaving a comment is also the best way to reach the management team of . If it is a private message, then it won’t be published.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *