Pulaski High School - Oriole Yearbook (Pulaski, VA)

 - Class of 1930

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things about this anicndment. 1 doubt that you luue gi cn this a thought where, when, and why the tiglit against prohibition started. d ' he fight for prohibition started in a chureh in Jamestown in 1619, the first permanent English settlement in America, wliere the (ieneral Assembly met, aii{l was the first meeting of its kind in this country, which assumed control of the licpior traffic, and enacted laws to punish drunkenness and prohiI)ited the sale of licpior to the Indians under severe penalties. This law was amended and its provisions extended by succeeding Legislatures, and was reason- ably enforced, as the old records give the names of many who were punished for even saying they were drunk. ' Phis amendment was finally ado])ted and added to the constitu- tion as the eighteenth amendment during the WTrld War, due to the fact that the breweries and distilleries were largely owned by- persons of German origin which helped to sharpen public resentment against the liquor traffic, and to j)repare the way for the adoj tion of this amendment by ' Congress in 1917. The adoi)tion of national prohibition was a bold social experiment. As the result of this we have the Volstead act in which Congress declared all be erages c m- taining one-half of one per cent of alcohol to l)e intoxicating and hence forbidden. Prohibition is in the Federal Constitution to stay. It took two- thirds of both houses of congress and thirty--six states to submit and ratify this amendment. Thirty-seven states have now enacted state prohibition laws. The nineteenth amendment is that the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex by the llnited States or by- any state. Calvin Hurst, ' ji. •4 125

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The Constitution cannot be changed, therefore we must have amendments, of which tliere are nineteen. I l)clie ' e that it would be proper to say that only nine real amend- ments have been oted, because the hrst ten, so-called amendments, were additions to the constitution rather than amendments to it. Of the seventeen amendments oted by the House , tweh e of these were indorsed by the Senate, ten of these were ratihed by the states, and eight of these embodied the desired guarantees of personal rights. The ninth provided that the enumeration of certain rights in the constitution shall not be construed “to deny others retained by the people.’’ The tenth amendment was intended to clear up doubts con- cerning the construction of powers between the national and state governments. d ' he next two amendments were adopted to correct defects which come to life early in the Constitution’s history. The eleventh amend- ment declared that the “judicial powers of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state.” The twelfth amendment provided for separate votes for president and vice-presi- dent, due to the election of 18()0 when Jefferson and Burr tied. As the result of the Civil War we have three other amendments adopted, which were designed primarily to protect the status of a body of people newly injected into the citizenship of the republic. ' Idle thirteenth amendment prohibited slavery, ddie fourteenth amemlment, dehning citizenship, further safeguarding individual rights, altering the bases of representation in congress, and laying disabilities on ex-officials guilty of rebellion against the United States. ' Idle hfteenth amendment restrained the states from abridging or denying the suffrage on account of race, color, or previous conditions of servitude. Forty-three years elapsed between the fifteenth and sixteenth amendment, ddie sixteenth amendment was to lay and to collect taxes on income from whatever source derived, without apportion- ment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration. ' Fhe seventeenth amendment provided for direct popular election of Senators, ddie last two amendments were adopted during the World War. ' Idie eighteenth amendment is the most talked of and most violated law or amendment known to the United States. Since this amendment is, as stated, the most talked of and most violated of any other amendment, let us learn some of the most interesting •4 124 Ih-

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He comes! he comes! the elfin Jack Frost, he comes! He frisks around, just like a dash. Painting beautiful scenes on the window panes And putting tiny pearls on the grass. He has tinted the leaves of the great oak trees And given the world a golden hue. The jewels he scatters as he darts to and fro. Glisten like diamonds among the dew. He comes! he comes! the spry Jack Frost, he comes! From the frozen Greenland bay; From the icy plains of the northern lands Where the reindeer like to stay; Where the f isherman ' s sail is stiff with ice. And the unnamed forms below. In the sunless glow of the cold, cold night Into marble statues grow. He come! he comes! the gay Jack Frost, he comes! All the lakes and ponds shall feel The icy touch of his frosty breath, and give Joy to the skater ' s heel; While the brook which danced and sang For the flowers along its bank Has had to heed to its winter king And into mournful silence sank. Ruth Eastman, ' j2. 126 Jl:-

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