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Essay about The National Dry Law: The Prohibition Time

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Throughout the history of America, many would argue that the 1920’s were the craziest and wildest times in our history. The world had just gotten out of the First World War, and as Americans, we were done with hard times and were itching to have a good time. Americans were ready for a good time and a good party, but right before this could happen a law was passed that dramatically changed the course of history. The law was the national “dry” laws which would prohibit the production, distribution, and possession of alcohol. “Dry” laws had been passed in some states, but it did not go into effect nationally until January 17, 1920. Although many people, mostly Protestants, supported the new laws at the beginning. After a few years many people…show more content…
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