The Prohibiton Era

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The Prohibition Era The 1920’s was a huge, significant time for the United States. One of the most important parts of this time is the Prohibition Era. What is Prohibition? Prohibition is defined as the banning of alcohol use. On July 22nd 1919, this idea was put into action using the 18th amendment. The 18th amendment forbade the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcohol (Lapsanky-Werner 229). This amendment was enforced by the Volstead Act, named after Andrew Volstead. This act was not very effective, and alcohol consumption was at an all-time high. It was said that most Americans became criminals overnight because they resisted this act. The people against the prohibition were known as “Wet’s” and the supporters of the…show more content…
Her famous greeting was “Hello Suckers!” Often times, her clubs were raided and pad locked, so her signature was a necklace with pad locks. Another one of her trademarks was her chauffeured armored car (Speakeasies, Flappers, & Red Hot Jazz Music 1.) This woman left her mark on the ‘20s, but she was not the only woman to go against what was right. Flappers had a huge impact on this time. They were quite easy to spot. Flappers were usually older women with short skirts and bobbed hair. They drank, smoke, and hung out at clubs and speakeasies. The flappers were known for doing “The Charleston.” Each “Wet” and rebel of this time made a huge impact on the turn out of the prohibition. Though there were many people who wanted to resist the banning of alcohol, there were still several people in support of the idea. The Woman’s Christian Temperance Movement, or WCTU, was a huge supporter of the Prohibition. They led the movement to promote Temperance, or the practice of never drinking alcohol. These women held several protests to voice their opinion (Lapsanky-Werner 110.) Another important enthusiast of the Prohibition was F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was saddened by the end of this era. He stated “I had everything I wanted and I knew I would never be so happy again” (Speakeasies, Flappers, and Red Hot Jazz 1.) Lastly, the most important protagonist of this era was, without a doubt, special agent Elliot Ness. He is most remembered for his role in bringing down Al Capone. Ness

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