Prohibition Is Not Just An Act

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Hailie Dudley
Mrs. Ernst
English 11A
12-8-15
Prohibition
Prohibition was not just an act, it was an era that changed American citizens’ daily lives; although the banning of alcohol sounded like a great idea at the time, the “noble experiment” as many called it, failed tremendously. Prohibition most certainly started with the noblest of intentions, but in its final days, it left the states with higher crime rates and deadly mobs making a fortune off of the illegal substances.
Alcohol was consuming the country; it flowed like water into nearly every home, poorhouse, and it even trickled into the streets with the selling of booze on most busy street corners. As the consumption of alcohol grew, so did tensions in the average american home. The once-happy families were being torn apart by the “evils” of liquors. The average husband worked all day to support his family, then came home and ventured into a afternoon of binge drinking. Many of these husbands would become disgruntled and angry over small civil disputes. A powerful group of activists began to wage a war on alcohol; they made it their mission to eradicate liquor in an effort to help the country return to simpler and more godly times. The movement, known as Prohibition, may well go down as one of the biggest legislative backfires in American history.
Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages that remained in place…
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