Dbq on Prohibition

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DBQ The prohibition movement in the United States was very successful during the era of progressive reform, from 1900 to 1919. This is because of the social composition of the prohibitionists, their motives, strategy, and pressure-group tactics, and the relationship of prohibitionism to progressive reform. The prohibitionists attacked saloons with a passion, they appealed to women's rights, and they tried every mean possible to keep their areas ‘dry.' Prohibitionists consisted of a few groups of people. In Document J, it is shown that most prohibitionists were clergymen, businessmen, and lawyers. Most of the prohibition movement was centered in areas with 2,500 to 99,000 people. This meant that it was not in great cities nor in rural…show more content…
F) The subject of the saloon-keeper also brings up the issue of unemployment. Once the saloons were all closed down, many men were out of business and had to find work elsewhere. One man, "in the most straight forward and open manner…related the woes of the business in the West." (Doc. R) So there was definitely a fight against prohibitionism as well. Both sides of the fight had really good points. Prohibitionists could definitely "justify refusing licenses to saloons seeking to be near industrial plants." (Doc. D) They also used the progressive era to promote their cause. Some people said, "we were willing to give up the small amounts of liquor we did enjoy for what we had been told was the common good. You might say we were motivated by a certain idealism." (Doc. S) Prohibitionism was a very controversial thing, and it was an issue that would last for quite a while. "The campaign in favor of this [prohibition] legislation has been a long and bitterly contested one." (Doc.

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