National Prohibition Was Loved By Many And Hated By Others

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National Prohibition was loved by some and hated by others. According to Reverend Floyd W. Tomkins national Prohibition was a utilitarian necessity that America needed. Tomkins recognized the “menace of intoxicating drink to the peace and safety of a community.” His view was that the consumption of alcohol could not be done in moderation and could not be confined to dive establishments. Tomkins saw alcohol as an infections disease that infiltrated peoples family’s and homes which in turn ruined their lives. Manufacturing businesses were also generally in favor of Prohibition. General manager N.G. Spangler of The Jackson Iron and Steel Co. reaped the benefits that came from nationwide alcohol banning. Spangler elaborates on how Prohibition changed the work environment into a productive atmosphere. His workers no longer missed a large number of days and they were more alert and productive. Spangler describes under, “the saloon system, for two or three days after each pay day we had trouble to secure men to man our plant. This has been entirely eliminated, absenteeism from work at other times has been very greatly reduced and efficiency improved. The passing of “Hangovers from a sloppy night before” has created a better feeling, resulting in fewer grievances.” Spangler continues to state how the positive effects of the 18th Amendment had also transpired into the home. Working men were now spending more money on their homes, children’s needs, and increasing their savings…
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