The Era of Prohibition

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Prohibition was a very interesting era that lasted from 1919 to 1933 (Ian Tyrell). It was a time where crime was at its highest. People where breaking the rules like never before. Drinking was a tradition Americans have been doing for many generations. Putting a ban on this substance seemed to many an injustice. They felt as if the government were taking their rights away. Prohibiting this drink may have caused things to go for worse. Alcohol has been socially acceptable for many years. It’s always used for ceremonies or celebrations. Without this substance a party would never be a party. Prohibition was not ever going to work. Many Americans kept drinking even if it was outlawed. They went out of their way to obtain this drink. If you …show more content…
Many breweries had to shut down and the owners were now broke (About.com). The wine companies in the U.S. had to relocate to other countries to produce wine (About.com). The economy and quality of life was being destroyed by the Prohibition. The homicide rate had gone up by 13 percent (Prohibition Fast Facts). Medicinal alcohol sale rates had increased by four hundred percent between 1923 and 1931. Arrests for people being drunk in public had increased by 41 percent (Prohibition Fast Facts). Arrests for citizens that were driving under the influence of alcohol had increased by a jaw dropping 81 percent (Prohibition Fast Facts). The prohibition was also behind creating organized crime (Prohibition Fast Facts). For the first time, liquor was being smuggled from Mexico, Europe, Canada and the Caribbean (About.com). One famous smuggler was called Captain William S. McCoy (About.com). He would smuggle liquor from the Caribbean to Florida in a boat (About.com). Many business owners would turn their businesses into speakeasies. Speakeasies were underground bars that were serving liquor (About.com). Owners of these businesses were bribing local police to ignore business (About.com). Many of these speakeasies had to require you to get a membership card (About.com). Speakeasies weren’t very hard to find, they were often located in basements and office buildings (Ian Tyrell). In New York City there were up to
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