Prohibition Of The Usa Prohibition

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Prohibition in the USA
Prohibition was introduced to the United States of America on the 16th of January 1920 with the hope of a pure nation that was not under the influence of alcohol. Prohibition was the legal prohibiting of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, which did not include the consuming of alcohol as you could still keep alcohol that was made or bought before 16th of January 1920. As the alcohol consumption rose substantially before the 1920s, it spurred the temperance movements in forcing this law of prohibition into parliament. Prohibition was then put into effect with the eighteen amendment of the constitution by Andrew J Volstead known as the Volstead act. This law was created in the hope of reducing the consumption of alcohol, but in actual fact it lead to; organised crime, bootlegging, gangsters, illegal smuggling, speakeasies and moonshines which all encouraged the consumption illegal liquor. This law also had many effects on the society such as the economy and the deaths related to alcoholic poisoning. Still today there is a debate on whether it was a moral noble action or a failure, but would America have been better off not having a national prohibition?
Before prohibition Increase in alcohol filled society and according to prohibitionists Americas only highlight of life was to get drunk. Between 1900 and 1913, Americans began to drink more and more, beer production jumped form 4.6 billion litres to 7.6 billion litres and the volume of tax…

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