Essay about Why Prohibition was Repealed in 1933

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Why Prohibition was Repealed in 1933

On the 16th January 1920 the prohibition law was introduced, yet almost immediately people began to question whether or to this law would work. People were finding it too easy to break these laws as secret saloons called speakeasies opened in cities everywhere. Those who smuggled the alcohol were known as bootleggers. It was easy for people to smuggle the alcohol into America because of the large border. This caused violent crimes to spread throughout the USA.

There were two main reasons for the failure of prohibition. The first being that there were not enough officials to enforce the law. America has a large border meaning the officials could not main the
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In 1917 at the start of World War 1, many supported the Anti- saloon league; many brewers had been German immigrants so people claimed that by drinking it would make them traitors.

The lack of support for prohibition started to decrease as the violent crimes increased throughout the USA more and more Americans turned against prohibition, the Anti-Saloon League and the Women's Society set up campaigns to end prohibition in the same way they had originally campaigned for it to be introduced. The Anti-Saloon League had a lot of support. The Great Depression helped the case for change. Legalising alcohol could help to create jobs and the government could get taxes from alcohol and stop wasting the money on enforcement. This was an economic problem for America making it a long-term cause

Bootleggers smuggled alcohol from Canada, Mexico and the coastlines. Speakeasies were illegal drinking salons where people such as the smugglers would drink. Some smugglers made moonshine, which was an illegally brewed poison. The only problem with the liquor trade was that gangsters found huge fortunes and businesses in selling the illegal liquor

There were great problems enforcing the law, the prohibition bureau was set up to fight the bootleggers, yet many of the authorities in the bureau were on the payroll with the big gangs.
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