Volstead Act


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see under Volstead, Andrew JosephVolstead, Andrew Joseph
, 1860–1947, American legislator, b. Goodhue co., Minn. A lawyer, he held several local offices in Minnesota before serving (1903–23) in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Volstead Act

18th Amendment, passed by Congress to enforce Prohibition (1919). [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 286]
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Within a few months of the ban on liquor, the federal courts overflowed with Volstead Act violations, and by 1924 the population of federal prisons had nearly doubled (Asbury 1950, 169).
This proscribed the lightest of wines and the most diluted forms of beer, but exceptions were placed in the Volstead Act to render it less than absolute.
He shows how Shumaker built the IASL organization, timed his appearances to benefit from local revivals, arranged interdenominational meetings when local information suggested that would be the more effective course, and focused local outrage over alcoholic excesses into specific proposals for county option in 1908, statewide prohibition in 1917, and a "bone-dry" (135) state prohibition enforcement bill in 1925 that was far stricter than the national Volstead Act.
When the 18th Amendment enacting Prohibition was ratified in 1919, and the Volstead Act permitting its enforcement was passed in 1920, spirit-loving Americans assumed a sober facade to avoid arrest, but lurking just below the dry exterior was a world drenched in booze.
The Volstead Act was far more draconian than many dry advocates anticipated and cost the movement supporters.
By 1920, when the Volstead Act became the law of the land, most of the country already was dry at the state or local level; furthermore, early data suggested that Prohibition indeed had produced declines in drinking-related health and social problems.
Furthermore, alcoholic beverages had been eliminated by Constitutional amendment and the Volstead Act.
Her point is that they flourished in the protected Canadian market--the Bronfmans by the fact that Canada had no prohibition to match the Volstead Act, Bata by high tariffs and Stronach by the Auto Pact and closeness to U.
The Volstead Act was meant to stop alcohol from causing harm, but in practice it forced otherwise law-abiding customers into the hands of the bootleggers.
It was called the Volstead Act, which was ratified after World War I but reversed by yet another Constitutional amendment in the 1930s.
He also was targeted by Prohibitionists for his efforts to either repeal or amend the Volstead Act to eliminate restrictions on beer and wine.