Illegal Drinking in the United States

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During the Progressive Movement, the United States saw an opportunity to moderate people’s drinking of alcohol. They wanted to stop all manufacturing, distributing, and selling of alcoholic beverages. October 28, 1919, that day Congress approved legislation, the Volstead Act, which implemented the Eighteenth Amendment. The Eighteenth Amendment also took away license to continue their business. Early 19th century United States was when alcohol began to become a complication. The Prohibition began January 17, 1920, which is when the Eighteenth Amendment went into effect. Women in the 19th century blamed many of society’s problems on alcohol. The women of this time took direct action into getting rid of saloons and all liquor. “The crusade sought to persuade saloon-keepers to destroy their beverages, close their doors, and enter some other line of business.” ( One powerful woman, Eliza Daniel Stewart, spoke out against liquor. She gave a speech which helped her lead the formation of the British Woman’s Temperance Association. Women disapproved alcohol because they believe alcohol caused problems in society. Prohibition was widely popular in the United States. The Anti Saloon League, founded in 1893 in Oberlin, Ohio began life as a state organization. After 1895 the League became a powerful national organization. The League was a non-partisan organization their only focus was on prohibition. Gangs of illegal alcohol
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