Prohibition of alcoholic beverages has a long and contested history in the United States. Advocates of federal prohibition in the early 20th century ranged from pietistic Protestants to social reformers, who believed that prohibition could reduce poverty and crime. However, prohibition proved difficult to enforce and an estimated 10,000 speakeasies in New York City alone sold alcoholic beverages. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act in 1933, prohibition ended and the nation rejoiced.

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