August marks the 47th anniversary of the end of prohibition in Mississippi. Because I like to stay a drink or two ahead of other Mississippi writers, I’m not waiting for legal whiskey’s golden anniversary.
From 1908 until 1966, Mississippi proclaimed itself dry. From 1920 until 1933, the Volstead Act forced prohibition on the whole country. When the national dry spell ended, Mississippi elected to stay dry. Sort of. A city or county could legalize beer, though few did, and none among the thirsty went wanting.