A Revealing Repeal

Georgetown Library

A Revealing Repeal

A Book Display About Prohibition and Alcohol

Dry Manhattan Book CoverThe tales around prohibition go way beyond Boardwalk Empire.

On Dec. 5th, 1933, the passage of the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution effectively ended, at the federal level, what had been the norm of the past 13 years. The history of this time period is full of drama and interesting tales from the main streets of the country, to the legislatures of each and every state, and to Washington, D.C.

In 1925, journalist H.L. Mencken, known as the “sage of Baltimore,” said of the challenges faced during the period that

“Five years of Prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists. None of the great boons and usufructs that were to follow the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment has come to pass.”

This December, one of Georgetown Public Library’s book displays explores the history of prohibition, the culture that exists around alcohol and also features books with recipes for those consuming today. So come in and take a little sip of knowledge from our display a Revealing Repeal.

Book titles include: