ADVANTAGES

A movement began to form to repeal the 18th Amendment. Prohibition ofalcohol was seen as an affront to personal liberty, pushed on the nation byreligious moralists. Alcohol was also seen as a source of revenue for the localand national governments. The effort to elect "wet" legislators was as grand asthat to elect "dry" ones almost two decades earlier. The Congress passed theamendment on February 20, 1933 (288 days). It mandated, for the first time,that conventions of the states were to vote on the amendment, rather than thelegislatures, feeling that conventions would be more apt to vote to ratify -and they did, quickly — the ratification process was complete on December 5,1933. The repealed the 18th, thefirst time an amendment had been repealed by another.

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