What Was the Last State to Repeal Prohibition?

Mississippi was the United States' last state to repeal alcohol prohibition laws. It was a legally dry state until 1966, more than 30 years after the 21st Amendment had repealed nationwide prohibition.

More facts about Prohibition:

  • During Prohibition, high-class establishments that sold illegal alcohol were called speakeasies — lower class clubs were called blind pigs or blind tigers. There were more than 30,000 speakeasies in New York City alone.

  • As soon as Prohibition was repealed in 1933, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt said, "What America needs now is a drink." He followed suit and had the first legally produced bottle of beer in Washington, D.C. delivered to the White House shortly after midnight on the day that the Prohibition repeal went into effect.

  • Temperance activists were so convinced that Prohibition would work that they hired writers to rewrite the Bible to remove all references to alcohol. Many dry towns actually sold their jails, because they assumed that crime would die out when the alcohol was gone.

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