I Think This Would Be a Good Time for Beer

Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Nance Garner campaign license plate - 1932

Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Nance Garner campaign license plate
1932
Scan credit: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library on Tumblr
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I think this would be a good time for beer. – Franklin Delano Roosevelt, March 12, 1933

From the FDR Library & Museum Tumblr with some slight changes…

One of the most popular bills enacted during the famous "First 100 Days" of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration had nothing to do with banking, farms, or public works. During the 1932 campaign, FDR had come out against Prohibition. The 18th Amendment, ratified 13 years earlier, banned the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors. Meant to end the curse of alcoholism, it had led instead to lawlessness and helped foster organized crime. A constitutional amendment to repeal it was working its way through the state legislatures. However, Roosevelt saw a way to quench the voters’ thirst more quickly. He signed into law the Beer-Wine Revenue Act that legalized (and taxed) beverages containing no more than 3.2 percent alcohol…which the authors of the new law carefully defined as "non-intoxicating." Millions of Americans celebrated the return of legal beer. Prohibition was officially repealed by the 21st Amendment in December 1933.

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