The Consequences of Prohibition Essay

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A short introduction
A lot of things happened in 1920 – USA was one of the victors in the first World War, and had a good period. Soon that was changed and USA suffered from many things, the great crash, prohibition and gang wars. But not only bad things happened – there was also the new deal, new cultures, new poets and writers.
The thing i want to write about is prohibition, that was a really big deal – lots of books have been written about this subject, why it happened, which consequences it had and so on. And that is the same thing that i want to write about. So the question is, why did it happen, and which consequences did it have, and did it have any
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After the civil war (1861-1865) the Woman's Christian Temperance Union was founded. They did not promote moderation or temperance but rather prohibition. Later the Prohibition party was founded in 1867, and as the name indicates it was for prohibition. The party succeeded in getting many communities and states to outlaw producing intoxicating beverages and their greatest success was in 1919.
Why did it happen?
As i told the prohibition party had their greatest success in 1919, where they succeeded in passing the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution. This Amendment actually outlawed production, sale, transportation, import and export of alcohol. It was only legal when used for religious purposes. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.
And that was what established prohibition in United States.
The consequences of prohibition
The prohibition really did
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