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Several patrons await the opening of the Krazy Kat Klub, in Washington D.C. speakeasy, in 1921.

The Speakeasy

In the early 20th century, the United States went through a period of time known as Prohibition, which prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol. The Prohibition era lasted from 1920 to 1933, and it led to the rise of a new kind of establishment: the speakeasy.