Prohibition and the Effect on America

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From the beginning of the 20th century multiple political organizations and the federal government have fought to control alcoholism in America. I chose to do prohibition because the fact that the action taken by the federal government in order to form a better society has led to an explosion of criminal offences in the past as well as today. The effects of prohibition consistently offer a hand in the shaping of American culture. Full-fledged black markets and organized crime groups both offset the supposed benefits of prohibition. Today, teenagers often turn to the underage consumption of alcohol to make them seem “cool,” or as a form of rebellion against parental and governmental authorities. The temperance movement acted as a predecessor to the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920’s. The temperance movement relied heavily on the efforts put forth by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and the Anti-Saloon League. The WCTU lead thousands of women united against alcohol to make great pushes against alcoholism; they introduced an anti-alcohol education into schools, and led protests for laws regulating and banning alcohol. The Anti-Saloon League used “the saloon must go” as the war cry of their “moral crusade” against the production, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Both groups blamed alcohol for issues in society, issues in the home, and the wretched living conditions found in the immigrant slums. Together these two groups pushed America into

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