Effects Of The Great Depression Of The 1920 ' S

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The early to mid 20th century brought forth an America submerged in modernism, advanced technology, reformed social views, and in the 1920’s a skyrocketing economy. However, this time was also plagued by 2 high fatality wars, development of extremely dangerous weapons, ill treatment of people brought on by fear, the Great Depression, and some government policies that eventually failed. The first 45 years of the 1900’s were marked by irregular and exceptionally large shifts in culture and technology that the beginning of the century is completely disparate from the middle of the century. One government policy that failed was Prohibition, which illegalized alcohol and intended for illegal behavior and violence in drunks to dissipate. The opposite was true, with the passing of the amendment; people were more likely to commit crimes to sate their dependency on alcohol. Not only were they breaking the newly formed law of the manufacturing, storage, transportation and sale of alcohol, thefts and burglaries had “increased 9%” along with violent crime, including homicide and assault “increased 13%” during this time. (Meredith) Organized crime also became an issue because without access to legal alcohol, people had to turn to gangsters to get their needs and made their business hugely profitable; driven by profit the rivalries among the different gangs caused “over four hundred gang related murders a year in Chicago alone.” (Meredith) The increased death rate due to

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