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Can You Imagine Prohibition?

On today's date 88 years ago, Congress debated the controversial Volstead Act, which would ban the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. The act was passed 20 days later on October 28th, and Prohibition began.

Although bars were closed and Americans were forbidden to drink liquor, many people found ways around these strict laws. My great-grandfather was one of them and he secretly produced his own version of gin in his bathtub! According to my mother, he stored the bottles of bootleg gin in a covert compartment underneath his baby's crib.

I'm somewhat rebellious and like to think I would have made my own alcohol if I had lived during this time. What about you? Would you have made your own alcohol or snuck into a speakeasy? Can you imagine a world where cocktails are banned???


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karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
A friend of mine made his own liquor one time, and it was nasty, I would be going to the speakeasy.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
say hello to finland. but they go nuts there, they take ferryes to the nearest country - Estonia and drink like pigs there for days, then go back home. actually, a lot of countries had sober-law at some point of their lifes, but it never stuck.
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
There'd be a black market for it.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
I like to drink but it wouldn't have killed me if I had to stop by law. But, I don't like the idea of our freedom being taken away. Drink and be merry! That's what the Rennaisance Fair people say. Hehe. As for making my own moonshine, heck, that would have been fun. But I think I'd make more wine then beer or whiskey. :)
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
def. would've made my own !
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
I'm not a big drinker, but Whatever happened to freedom?
starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
Definitely would have been a rum runner.
looseseal looseseal 9 years
I don't drink, but I would maybe miss my cooking wine. Hee.
Seraaalicious Seraaalicious 9 years
I would have definitely found a way to make my own alcohol and a speakeasy sounds like fun!
jennaboa jennaboa 9 years
Speakeasies sound rather fun, but I don't drink so I could have handled it.
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 9 years
My family were bootleggers. I would have done the same!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I wouldn't mind. Drinking isn't all that huge to me and even went a yr with no alcohol. I could do it!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Speakeasy, sounds fun!
Rugelach Rugelach 9 years
i don't drink any more but one time in college we made absinthe in a bathtub.
krisfl krisfl 9 years
i would have been a rum runner cuba here i come
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