Constitution Center

Topics: Prohibition in the United States, Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution Pages: 2 (595 words) Published: September 11, 2013
During my visit to the constitution center, I was not sure which exhibits to visit, it was recommended to me that I to visit their newest exhibit The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. The prohibition era had always interested me but I did not know much about it besides the 18th and 21st amendment created and then repealed the act. However, after visiting the realistic exhibit I am thoroughly informed and fascinated by the events that took place during that time period. The exhibit has over 100 artifacts, an old Buick car that was used to transport alcohol illegally, and replicas of the 18th and 21st amendments. Films, video games, multimedia interactions, and my favorite part; a recreated speak easy. At the speak easy you can learn to Charleston while you view pictures and videos that show how they danced and dressed in the 1920’s.

The exhibit did a thorough job of explain why the 18th amendment went into effect and the background behind it. The amendment which was implemented on January 17th 1920, prohibited the manufacturing, selling, and transportation of intoxicating beverages. An interesting virtual machine dedicated to Wayne Wheeler is also part of the exhibit. Wheeler, who was the chief lobbyist for the anti-saloon league and a large part of the reason the 18th amendment was ratified. This section in the constitution center gives viewers the opportunity to see the entire ratification process from start to finish. I feel as if I gained the most knowledge from these pictures and videos and was surprised to learn the details of The Volstead act. This act provided exact legal and illegal limitations of the amendment. The three key exceptions for legal manufacture, sale, and transport of the intoxicating beverages were sacramental wine, medicinal alcohol and the preservation of fruit by households through fermentation. A Welch’s grape bottle, non-alcoholic beer, and a malt syrup bottle are all on display to show the different ways of how Americans continued to...
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