Why was Prohibition repealed in 1933?


The Depression

People needed jobs (economic)

1933- 13 million unemployed

1 million jobs created 

Tax Revenues- 1 billion a year 

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Increasing Support


Association against the Prohibition Amendments

Industrialists (Rockefellor) changed his mind

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Political Support

For Repeal 

Major party- Democrats

Al Smith 1928 campaign 

Roosevelt 1932 campaign

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Prohibition increasingly seen as against priciples

Individual liberties

Bill of Rights

Laissez- Faire

Racial tolerance

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Wickersham Report


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