Prohibition And Prohibition Of Alcohol

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The 1920s, also known as the Roaring Twenties, was a time of speakeasies, organized crime, and corrupt government officials. This was largely to blame for the Eighteenth Amendment and prohibition of alcohol. The Eighteenth Amendment had made the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol illegal. By illegalizing alcohol, the Eighteenth Amendment attempted to decrease domestic violence, increase productivity in the workplace, and diminish poverty and health problems associated with the consumption of alcohol. Instead it created organized crime, disrespect for the law, and general resentment towards the government. The Eighteenth Amendment and the Prohibition of alcohol had failed because of the rise of organized crime, with gangs forming for the purpose of transporting and selling alcohol, which increased violent crime, and corrupted law enforcement and government officials. By 1912, nine states had prohibition laws in effect. In December 1913, the Anti-Saloon League marshaled more than 4,000 protestors in a march on the nation’s capital and rallied around an effort to push congress to support an anti-drinking amendment to the Constitution.1 Wayne Wheeler, one of the league’s head organizers, said of its efforts in 1914, “Word went out from Washington (D.C.) and state headquarters to send letters, telegrams, and petitions to congressmen and senators in Washington. They rolled in by tens of thousands, burying congress like an avalanche.” The 18th Amendment was…
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