Prohibition began 100 years ago, and its legacy remains

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Prohibition began 100 years ago, and its legacy remains

FILE - In this 1922 file photo spectators gather by the side of captured rum runner, Silver Spray, as they watch prohibition agents pour "white lightning" from the five-gallon bottles on the deck into the Elizabeth River, Norfolk, Va. The Prohibition Era, which lasted from Jan. 17, 1920, until December 1933, is now viewed as a failed experiment that glamorized illegal drinking. (Charles S. Borjes/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
In this Dec. 10, 2019, photo cocktails are crafted at Wink & Nod, basement-dwelling, speakeasy-like bar, in Boston. Americans are consuming more alcohol per capita now than in the time leading up to Prohibition, when alcohol opponents successfully made the case that excessive drinking was ruining family life. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
In this Jan. 13, 1920 photo provided by McSorley's Old Ale House, clients and staff pose in the New York bar shortly before the beginning of Prohibition. Located in Manhattan's Lower East Side, McSorley's opened in the mid-19th century, functioned as a speakeasy during Prohibition, and continues in operation today. (W.A. Sprinkle/McSorley's Old Ale House via AP)
In this Dec. 27, 2019 photo, customers sit beneath vintage photos and documents, including a poster of Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, in McSorley's Old Ale House in New York. Located in Manhattan's Lower East Side, McSorley's opened in the mid-19th century and functioned as a speakeasy during Prohibition. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
FILE - In this June 18, 1931, file photo beer barrels are destroyed by prohibition agents at a dump in New York City. The federal government, as well as state and local authorities, spent huge sums on enforcement yet never allocated sufficient resources to do the job effectively. Bootleggers awash in cash bribed judges, politicians and law enforcement officers to let their operations continue. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - In this April 28, 1929, file photo a rum runner in Windsor, on the Canadian side of the Detroit River, watches with field glasses for lookout on the American side to signal that no prohibition agents are in sight. His outboard motorboat, loaded with illegal liquor, is shown beneath pilings. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 1930, file photo large quantities of Canadian beer and whisky are being transported in cars from Amherstburg, Ont., Canada, across the frozen lower Detroit River, to the Michigan side of the international boundary line. The cars are driven with one door open, so if the car goes through the ice the driver can scramble free. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 31, 1931, file photo the wrecked speakeasy in the Hotel Victoria in mid-Manhattan, where Louis Levine, alias Louis Taylor, a small-time gambler, was killed by one of three gunmen earlier in the day in New York. A bystander points to a bullet hole in the wall, while another is seated in the chair where Levine, known as "Crooked Neck Louie", was gambling when he was shot. (AP Photo, File)
In this Dec. 31, 2019 photo, Richard Heitzman joins with fellow musicians to perform traditional Irish tunes in New York's William Barnacle Tavern, once a speakeasy during Prohibition. Americans are consuming more alcohol per capita now than in the time leading up to Prohibition, when alcohol opponents successfully made the case that excessive drinking was ruining family life. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo a woman holding an umbrella passes the Carrie Nation lounge in Boston, titled after the namesake of the woman supporting the temperance movement prior to the 1920 Prohibition ban on alcohol. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Prohibition began 100 years ago, and its legacy remains

FILE - In this 1922 file photo spectators gather by the side of captured rum runner, Silver Spray, as they watch prohibition agents pour "white lightning" from the five-gallon bottles on the deck into the Elizabeth River, Norfolk, Va. The Prohibition Era, which lasted from Jan. 17, 1920, until December 1933, is now viewed as a failed experiment that glamorized illegal drinking. (Charles S. Borjes/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
In this Dec. 10, 2019, photo cocktails are crafted at Wink & Nod, basement-dwelling, speakeasy-like bar, in Boston. Americans are consuming more alcohol per capita now than in the time leading up to Prohibition, when alcohol opponents successfully made the case that excessive drinking was ruining family life. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
In this Jan. 13, 1920 photo provided by McSorley's Old Ale House, clients and staff pose in the New York bar shortly before the beginning of Prohibition. Located in Manhattan's Lower East Side, McSorley's opened in the mid-19th century, functioned as a speakeasy during Prohibition, and continues in operation today. (W.A. Sprinkle/McSorley's Old Ale House via AP)
In this Dec. 27, 2019 photo, customers sit beneath vintage photos and documents, including a poster of Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, in McSorley's Old Ale House in New York. Located in Manhattan's Lower East Side, McSorley's opened in the mid-19th century and functioned as a speakeasy during Prohibition. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
FILE - In this June 18, 1931, file photo beer barrels are destroyed by prohibition agents at a dump in New York City. The federal government, as well as state and local authorities, spent huge sums on enforcement yet never allocated sufficient resources to do the job effectively. Bootleggers awash in cash bribed judges, politicians and law enforcement officers to let their operations continue. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - In this April 28, 1929, file photo a rum runner in Windsor, on the Canadian side of the Detroit River, watches with field glasses for lookout on the American side to signal that no prohibition agents are in sight. His outboard motorboat, loaded with illegal liquor, is shown beneath pilings. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 1930, file photo large quantities of Canadian beer and whisky are being transported in cars from Amherstburg, Ont., Canada, across the frozen lower Detroit River, to the Michigan side of the international boundary line. The cars are driven with one door open, so if the car goes through the ice the driver can scramble free. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 31, 1931, file photo the wrecked speakeasy in the Hotel Victoria in mid-Manhattan, where Louis Levine, alias Louis Taylor, a small-time gambler, was killed by one of three gunmen earlier in the day in New York. A bystander points to a bullet hole in the wall, while another is seated in the chair where Levine, known as "Crooked Neck Louie", was gambling when he was shot. (AP Photo, File)
In this Dec. 31, 2019 photo, Richard Heitzman joins with fellow musicians to perform traditional Irish tunes in New York's William Barnacle Tavern, once a speakeasy during Prohibition. Americans are consuming more alcohol per capita now than in the time leading up to Prohibition, when alcohol opponents successfully made the case that excessive drinking was ruining family life. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo a woman holding an umbrella passes the Carrie Nation lounge in Boston, titled after the namesake of the woman supporting the temperance movement prior to the 1920 Prohibition ban on alcohol. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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