The 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale of alcohol, is the only amendment to the U.S. Constitution to have been entirely repealed. In this lesson plan, students consider the 18th Amendment within the historical context of the Progressive era to address the question: Why was the 18th amendment adopted?

Image: 1926 photo of a woman showing the garter flask fad during Prohibition. From the Library of Congress.


If you want a good substitute for the Discovery video WatchMojo has a good overview video:
I don't know how old this comment is but there's a good video from WatchMojo. Here's the link:
Hi SHEG, WatchMojo actually has a pretty good video on Prohibition via YouTube. Here's the link
The segment entitled "The Time is Now" from the Ken Burns Prohibition documentary is a great substitute for those without Discovery Education access. It is available on YouTube:
My students enjoyed this lesson. It also made them realize how important it is to read closely.
Hi akelly! We're glad to hear you find our materials useful. Unfortunately, we don't have a universal login to Discovery Education. We recognize that the inability to access the videos must be frustrating. The particular clips that we have selected are not essential to the lessons and can be replaced with a different video, a textbook passage, or a short lecture on the subject. The inclusion of videos seem to cause more trouble than they're worth, so we're working on phasing them out little by little, but it will be some time before we're able to complete this task.
This lesson is great and gives students the opportunity to view different perspectives of Prohibition. However, for those teachers without access to Discover Education, we cannot view the videos.
My students were quite intrigued by the knowledge gained from this lesson. One group made a great text-to-current events connection on the Hooch Murder Bill. They wondered what would happen if we started trying drug dealers for murder when their buyers died from drug overdoses. Interesting premise which sparked quite a debate.
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