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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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