Prohibition in America

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The 18th amendment had intention to improve quality of life, give u.s. citizens extra spending money, and prevent crime; but it did just the opposite. The 18th amendment was put into effect on the 18th of december 1917 and it “Prohibited the manufacture, sale, transport, import, or export of alcoholic beverages.” (bill of rights amendment 18) Prohibition was most likely a direct cause to the Temperance movement. The Temperance union thought that alcohol ruined people’s lives and they were not wrong. Although alcohol made the americans citizens look uncivilized and hundreds of millions was being spent on it every year, but taking it away made everything worse. The expectations of prohibition were large. Supporters of prohibition thought "that sales of clothes and household goods would be in high demand"(pbs). They also thought that neighborhoods would be improved and unoccupied bars would be repurposed into a nicer place. Rents also had been expected to rise during prohibition, but that was not the case. Many of the bars that turned into restaurants failed. Most restaurants failed because of the ban on alcohol many of them relied on sales of alcoholic beverages to stay in business. With the ban on alcohol many people lost their jobs at bars, food service, factories, wineries, and breweries. Also many people in the grape industry lost their jobs, wineries had been forced to close and grapes were 1000% more expensive. During prohibition states did not gain
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