Prohibition Of The United States

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Alex Klintworth
Prohibition in the United States
“Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man 's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes.” Even though Abraham Lincoln lived about a half-century before Prohibition took effect in the 1920s, he described it quite well. The legislation essentially took alcohol, which had been a part of people’s lives since history of cultures were reported and made it illegal overnight. While Prohibition did see some positive effects like a lower consumption rate, other major issues arose that could have definitely been avoided. Legislators failed to take into account the fact that taking something away from the public will not stop them from finding loopholes and creative ways to conceal ways to consume alcohol. While the 18th Amendment may have seemed like a good idea on paper, its many underlying changes eventually led to a repeal and became known as a reflection of the United States during the 1920s. When the United States entered World War I in April of 1917, President Woodrow Wilson implemented a temporary alcoholic ban during wartime in the hope of saving grain. This ban, however, lasted much longer than anticipated. Groups like the Anti-Saloon League and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union dramatized the evils of alcohol claiming that it can ruin lives. Because recent legislation had been passed like women’s suffrage, these groups received widespread publicity…
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