Prohibition Ends - “At Last!”
When Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1933, a constitutional amendment to repeal Prohibition was already making its way through the state legislatures.
FDR acted immediately to ease Prohibition with the Beer-Wine Revenue Act. Prohibition was officially repealed on December 5, 1933.
This 1933 goblet commemorates the end of Prohibition with a series of seven vignettes, including a “G.O.P.” elephant and a “D.E.M.” donkey celebrating over a barrel of beer. The etched caption reads, “At Last!”
The Beer and Wine Revenue Act legalized the sale of certain alcoholic beverages after 13 years of Prohibition. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the act into law on this day, March 22, 1933. Prohibition was officially repealed by the 21st Amendment in late 1933.
During his presidency, FDR enjoyed hosting a pre-dinner cocktail hour in the White House. The President mixed the drinks, and topics related to politics or government were banned from discussion.
Here’s the silver cocktail shaker that FDR used for these occasions.
-from the Roosevelt Library
On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, as announced in this proclamation from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment of January 16, 1919, ending the increasingly unpopular nationwide prohibition of alcohol.
Read more about Prohibition and the 18th Amendment