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The Eighteenth Amendment


A woodcut depicting a scene of men and women drinking in a speak easy during Prohibition.  The title, "The Eighteenth Amendment," refers to the amendment to the United States Constitution that prohibited the manufacture, sale, or transport (including importing or exporting) of intoxicating liquors.  The National Prohibition Act, or Volstead Act, was the enabling legislation that set the starting date of prohibition as January 17, 1920.  Prohibition was repealed when the Twenty-first Amendement to the U.S. Constitution was enacted on December 5, 1933.  Edition # 10 of 30.

Artist: Carl W. Bertsch

Title: The Eighteenth Amendment

Medium: Woodcut on paper

Dates: 1931

Dimensions: 9 in. x 11 in.

Signature/Inscription: Carl W. Bertsch 31; Below print - Right side

Culture: American

Accession Number: Inv-47

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