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Volstead Act definition


: The Volstead Act, officially known as the National Prohibition Act, was a law passed in 1919 that implemented the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol in the United States. The act defined what types of alcoholic beverages were prohibited, established penalties for violating the law, and created enforcement mechanisms. It was named after Representative Andrew Volstead, who sponsored the bill. The Volstead Act remained in effect until it was repealed in 1933 by the 21st Amendment.