Religious Communities and The Consumption of Alcohol

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The legislation surrounding the banning of alcohol in America had intent to boost a moral and righteous America however and was not expected to affect the economy however; the country responded in a polar way; corrupting officials, hurting the economy and American people, and even dividing the country and its politics. The Prohibition was put in place to benefit America; to do away with drunkenness and make America more productive and healthy. Although the intentions of the legislations were good natured a sleeping demon was awakened and America was thrown into disarray. The disapproval of alcohol consumption and it's effects on the body are rooted in religious communities. Temperance in America was brought to the surface by communities…show more content…
This is not the only devastating effect organized crime had on america during the Prohibition. They also caused the government to spend a fortune on trying to contain their ruthless behavior. The bureau of the Prohibition was set up to try and pry control of America's cities back from crime bosses. Law enforcement including agencies such as Coast Guard and Customs had to be revamped. This drove Americas law enforcement expenses up 500% to compensate for the violence and contraband running throughout the country. Even though these changes were made corruption still occurred and crooked officers were common. There corruption of the police was a lasting scarring effect as well. The Prohibition introduced organized crime members and crooked cops thus beginning a relationship that lasts today. All these factors of organized crime destroyed a large part of the economy and safety of Americans. The Prohibition was the main cause of the violent crime outbreak already making the Prohibition have a negative on the American people.
Agriculture in the United States was drastically affected during the Prohibition. The production of alcohol was a major industry accounting for large portions of the barley, wheat, and corn crops. The American farmer struggled significantly with the loss of alcohol production. They no longer had business from large
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