Today in Media History: Front pages and newsreels tell the story of Prohibition’s 1933 repeal

On December 5, 1933, the United States repealed Prohibition with the ratification of the 21st Amendment.

Let’s take a look back at some of the news.

Hearst Metrotone Newsreel:

Chicago Tribune, December 5, 1933

Chicago Tribune Image, December 5, 1933

St. Petersburg Times image, December 5, 1933

St. Petersburg Times Image, December 5, 1933

“The formal ratification by three additional states, transmission by them of word to the state department that they had approved repeal of the eighteenth amendment, and the proclamation by President Roosevelt of the adoption of the repealing amendment were the legal steps that remained to be taken today to break down national prohibition.

Twenty-five states, however, will remain dry under state laws, although some of these permit the importation of whisky from other states.”

— AP story in the St. Petersburg Times
December 5, 1933

Hearst Metrotone Newsreel Image

Hearst Metrotone Newsreel Image

(See Also: British Pathé newsreel called, “Repeal Booms Business”)

Washington Post Image, December 5, 1933

Washington Post Image, December 5, 1933

New York Times Image, December 6, 1933

New York Times Image, December 6, 1933

“Legal liquor today was returned to the United States, with President Roosevelt calling on the people to see that ‘this return of individual freedom shall not be accompanied by the repugnant conditions that obtained prior to the adoption of the Eighteenth Amendment and those that have existed since its adoption.’

Prohibition of alcoholic beverages as a national policy ended at 5:32 P.M., Eastern Standard Time, when Utah, the last of the thirty-six States furnished by vote of its convention the constitutional majority for ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment.

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