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, United States (USA) (American Colonies) - 1933 - December 5 – The 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution is passed, repealing Prohibition.


Obey Rum Law, F.D.R. Urges
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5. (AP) - President Roosevelt late today signed a proclamation declaring the prohibition amendment had been repealed.

In the proclamation, the president called upon all citizens to co-operate with the government in efforts to restore "greater respect for law and order" by confining purchases of alcoholic beverages to dealers or agencies licensed by the state or federal governments.

He asked the wholehearted co-operation of all citizens to the end that the return of "individual freedom" should not be accompanied "by the repugnant conditions that obtained prior to the adoption of the Eighteenth amendment and those that have existed since its adoption." He said failure to do this honestly and courageously would be "a living reproach to us all."

"I ask that no state shall by law or otherwise authorize the return of the saloon either in its old form in some modern guise.

"The policy of the government will be to see to it that the social and political evils that have existed in the pre-prohibition era shall not be revived nor permitted again to exist. We must remove forever from our midst the menace of the bootlegger and such others as would profit at the expense of good government, law and order.

"I trust in the good sense of the American people that they will not bring upon themselves the course of excessive use of intoxicating liquors, to the detriment of health, morals and social integrity.

"The objective we seek through a national policy is the education of every citizen towards a greater temperance throughout the nation."


The Scranton Republican
Scranton, Pennsylvania
December 6, 1933

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