The Prohibition Era
Mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment in 1917, Prohibition (Also known as the Noble Experiment), was a nation-wide ban on the production and sale of alcohol that lasted from 1920–1933. Initially the United States Congress had passed a temporary ban on drinks with an alcohol content greater than 2.75% as a way of conserving valuable grains during wartime. Congress eventually passed the Volstead Act which established what types of beverages were still legal. As tensions began rising during the Great Depression, the illegal production and sale of alcohol via the organized crime scene became such a menace that Congress eventually ratified the Twenty-first Amendment officially repealing the Eighteenth Amendment.