NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
5th December, 1933 : America toasted farewell to prohibition today after 14 dry years when Utah became the last State to ratify 21st Amendment. Introduced after the war, prohibition was evaded on a large scale: “boot-legging” fell under the control of major criminals, leading to gang warfare, especially in Chicago. The repeal of prohibition was a plank in the Democratic platform in 1928 and 1932, and a proposal to enact it was put before the Congress three weeks after President Roosevelt’s inauguration.
[It seems that Democrats were not always entirely useless]