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The History And Legacy Of Prohibition

New York City Deputy Police Commissioner John A. Leach, right, watching agents pour liquor into sewer following a raid during the height of prohibition.
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New York City Deputy Police Commissioner John A. Leach, right, watching agents pour liquor into sewer following a raid during the height of prohibition.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act,  which banned the manufacture, sale and transportation of liquor in the U.S. 

In the era that came to be known as Prohibition, organized crime flourished, catapulting mobsters such as Al Capone into the national spotlight, and entrenching organized crime into the American political, criminal and social landscape.

Thirteen years after the Volstead Act went into effect, it was repealed by the 21st Amendment. 

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the legacy of prohibition. 

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