The Prohibition: The Dry Years Before the Depression

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These activists believed that alcohol was the cause of high crime and other down falls of American society (Okrent, 2010). A group called the Anti-Saloon League (ASL) soon became one of the biggest contributors to Prohibitionists groups. They contributed money and also ideas that would help to make the idea of an alcohol free country, also known as a dry country, a reality. The ASL toured the country discussing their viewpoints with many different types of people in order to attain the American people support. The ASL discussions really reached out to one person in the crowd especially, Wayne B. Wheeler (Okrent, 2010). Wayne B. Wheeler joined the ASL after hearing them give a speech involving the end to alcohol in America. Wheeler believed that what the ASL was talking about made sense and decided that he wanted to join the cause. He began by attempting to get a law passed in every single state to ban alcohol for the American way of life. He traveled around the country giving speeches in an attempt to gain more support from his fellow Americans. Wayne B. Wheeler was an icon for Prohibitionists and many say that without his influence, the 18th Amendment may have never been passed (Okrent, 2010).
The 18th Amendment passed in 1919 under President Woodrow Wilson; this amendment stated that it was illegal to make, sell and transport any type of alcohol in…
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