Essay about Prohibition in the USA in 1919

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Prohibition in the USA in 1919 Prohibition was introduced in 1919; however it is impossible to find one simple reason for why it was introduced. It was not a new idea as the movement had already begun in 1830. By 1914 over half of America's states were 'dry'. At one minute past midnight on January 16th 1920 the law against the sale and transportation of alcohol in America became law; however in 1917 the law had been passed by congress due to the eighteenth amendment but was not put into action. The National Prohibition Act, or the Volstead Act, as it was called because of its author, Andrew J. Volstead, was put into effect. It laid down guidelines for the enforcement of the prohibition laws and…show more content…
They said, "…it was a way of keeping the Negro in his place." Also in America, life was changing fast, with the First World War over, but still fresh in people's minds, America was on its way to recovery. Old industries like mining had declined, and new industries replaced them. The streets of America were getting increasingly violent, gangs were forming and a lot of money was being consumed by bars and saloons. Throughout the years a small number of organisations began to form, these groups blamed alcohol as the culprit for all America's problems and had developed well organised campaigns against alcohol. These groups were predominantly Christian and White Anglo Saxon Protestants, other wise known as WASPS. It wasn't just religious groups that resented alcohol. The American Temperance Campaign was led by the Women's Christian Temperance Union and the Anti - Saloon League or ASL. The supporters of the ASL and the Women's Christian Temperance Union lived in rural, small towns of the south and mid-west of America. These people were generally middle class women's groups who were motivated to reform the working class and abolish their bad habits and drunkards. It was mostly men who got drunk, which set a bad example to their children. Often men would disappear to the

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