Prohibition began 100 years ago, and its legacy remains

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One century ago, the United States imposed a nationwide ban on the production and sale of all types of alcohol.

The Prohibition Era began on January 17th, 1920, and lasted until December 1933.

It's now widely viewed as a failed experiment that glamorized illegal drinking.

Yet Prohibition’s legacy is complex, offering intriguing parallels and contrasts as many U.S. states move to legalize marijuana.

Prohibition greatly expanded federal law enforcement powers, provided a new revenue stream for organized crime and targeted blacks and recent immigrants more harshly than other communities, propelling many of them into the Democratic Party that engineered Prohibition’s repeal.