Prohibition Essay

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The 18th amendment, known as prohibition, had America in fits when it was ratified in 1919. The government was hoping to achieve a healthier, efficient society with good morals and a break for women from receiving beatings from drunken husbands. Although the motives behind prohibition were reasonable, it was so corrupted from the beginning that it never could have successfully been carried out. America became a lawless period, and many Americans felt that if they could get away with ignoring one law, then they did not have to follow any others (Axelrod 239). However, it may have been necessary for the progression of America for it accomplished a great many other feats other than sobering up citizens. Women fought actively for
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However, it was not only Americans who were feeling the sting of prohibition. Foreigners, especially Germans, were angry at the movement, feeling that they were being discriminated against for how they lived (Kyvig).
Alcohol was, at first, relief from stress for men, but soon became a part of society as a whole. Alcohol was a big factor in determining your social status and offered many men and women legal jobs to support themselves and their families. It was cheaper than other drinks, such as coffee or tea, and it was safer to drink than unpasteurized milk or impure water, so it was the ideal drink, some elderly citizens needed alcohol for medical reasons (Kyvig). Nevertheless, this did not stop the ratification of the 18th amendment.
When government embraced prohibition, what was taken for granted became lost. Women being submissive towards men, men holding down a secure job, and the economic boom of the Roaring Twenties all came to pass when alcohol was prohibited. Although considered by some an advantage, others saw how women used their newfound freedom as offensive. Flappers an alcohol became and almost indistinguishable couple. Although it gave women a chance to show their knowledge and class, temperance was thrown out the window (Lerner 176). As well as women breaking free, jobs were being broken off, throwing men and women into
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