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Prohibition in Massachusetts

On December 5, 1933, the 18th Amendment was repealed and Prohibition in the US ended. This national ban on the sale, transportation and manufacture of alcohol started in 1920. Crime had new meaning and the police were busy raiding speakeasies and arresting bootleggers and rum-runners. Opinions were very divided on this issue, as there were people celebrating at the beginning and at the end of the era. - Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite