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Prohibition in the United States › Articles

When liquor was banned in the United States

In January 1920, the "sale, production, importation, and transportation" of alcohol was banned in the United States. During the ensuing years, many American citizens broke this federal law by making their own "bath tub gin" or "moonshine." Prohibition ended in 1933, just in time to help Americans deal with the devastating effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.