The “Noble Experiment”
Prohibition, or “the Noble Experiment,” as it was called by supporters took place between 1919 and 1933. During this period, the sale, manufacture, and distribution of alcohol were illegal in the United States. However, drinking alcohol was never made illegal under federal law. Nationwide prohibition did not begin in the United States until 1920, when the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect, and was repealed 14 long years later with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment.