Assessment of the View that Prohibition was Doomed a Failure from the Start

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Assessment of the View that Prohibition was Doomed a Failure from the Start Prohibition: was the ban on the manufacturing, sale or transportation of alcohol during the period of prohibition, 1919-1933. Speakeasies: were bars in the cities which sold alcohol on demand illegally. A lot these needed a password to get in. Clubs or bars such as these were set up illegally during the prohibition. Bootlegger: was a person who illegally transported alcohol to and fro various places, during the period of prohibition, which lasted 14 years. There were many arguments used to persuade Americans to support the prohibition campaign. Each of the sources 1-7 clearly illustrate the negative side of drinking, supporting my point backed by the various sources. Source 1 portrays a drunken man as being unpatriotic because of World War 1 in Europe, money was owed to America. Many immigrants had migrated to America and set up businesses such as bars and saloons. So when an American went to, say a German owned bar it was seen as unpatriotic for that reason. Source 2 is from an Anti-saloon League pamphlet. On the pamphlet it clearly states that drinking alcohol is un-American, pro-German, crime-producing, food wasting, youth corrupting, home wrecking and treasonable. Source 3 describes the effects or alcohol. Source 4 illustrates a picture of beer barrels labelled with delirium, tremens', cholera, collapse, murder and fever clearly indicating what alcohol can do to you. Source 5 is from a sermon stating that the curse of the almighty God is on the saloon. Source 6 illustrates a young man spending his weekly wages in a bar while a picture in the bott... ... middle of paper ... ...us bootleggers such as Bill McCoy where you get the phrase the real McCoy. Alcohol was easily redirected avoiding agents. Geographical factors nonetheless worked against the prohibition. The judicianal system failed the prohibition in a number of ways. Many juries in the prohibition case were lenient because they were breaking the law themselves. One jury in San Francisco was found drinking the evidence. The judicianal system was however not entirely to blame, due to gangsters it was difficult to bring witnesses to trial, because they were usually murdered and the case would collapse. In conclusion, the statement that the prohibition was doomed a failure from the start, is a statement I have to agree with. Mainly due to the fact that there was a lot more factors working against prohibition than for prohibition.

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