Causes and Consequences of Alcohol Prohibition

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Prohibition and other substance bans have a long history in the United States dating back to the late 19th century. Cohen (2006) believed the root cause for drug-prohibition movement, including alcohol, derives from race. In the era of mass US immigration, Chinese, Mexicans, Black Africans, and European denominations, posed a democratic threat to White “native” Americans. White Racial fears amplified the moral problem of drug use to the Protestant Church by associating drugs with individual racial minorities. In the 1870s, the US government successfully prohibited whites from visiting opium dens in San Francisco’s China Town, isolating opium use to Asians. In the 1930s the government banned marijuana in order to criminalize Mexican farm workers flooding the south-west in search of work. During the Progressive era, leaders in the south created a moral panic by associated urban riots and rape to Black’s cocaine use: “Negro cocaine friend”. Later in the paper, the Klu Klux Klan were another notorious group to implement protestant morality such prohibition reinforcement on White Catholics. (Cohen, 2006)
The growing movement that led towards the 18th amendment started in the late 18th century and remained a controversial topic till the 1930s. From the favourable perspective, alcohol has been imbedded in American culture ever since the first settlers arrived. It was was associated and symbolized the pesky tavern resistance, a historical rallying point where colonial Americans resisted British rule. It also tied communities together, and it was used for celebrating achievements. It was also considered healthy in moderate doses. On the other hand, between 1800 and 1830s, alcohol started having a more destructive effect on America societ...

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