Essay On Prohibition

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Tyler Romel Ms. Hayden US History 7 January 2014 What was the Affect of Prohibition in the United States? The 18th Amendment of the United States, states the banning of alcohol in the United States whether you’re producing it, selling it, or transporting alcohol. This amendment went in affect in the early 1920’s. Making this amendment might have had an opposite affect on what the United States was looking for. Most people ended up drinking more when the 18th Amendment was established causing organizations to form and repeals against the 18th Amendment to occur. The people of the United States strongly disliked prohibition not only because the banning of alcohol but because Saloons were disappearing. Saloons held neighborhood get-togethers and when these saloons were closing people couldn’t hold their neighborhood get-togethers making them have get-togethers in other places where alcohol is illegally present. The 18th Amendment might have well become the opposite of what the United States intended to prevent but how did it affect the United States? Some people might ask what is prohibition; well prohibition is was a nationwide ban on the sale, production, and transporting of alcohol between 1920 and 1933. Prohibition was started to improve society to stay sober enough to go to the polls, so basically it was started to gain more voters for the election. 1,520 Federal Prohibition agents were hired to enforce prohibition laws all over the United States, which isn’t many. This Amendment was put in place to gain more voters for upcoming elections. The 18th Amendment was also put in place for an economical reason. Prohibition supporters thought that the amendment would bring more money to businesses such as theaters, restaurants, ... ... middle of paper ... and gave the chance for some people to drink alcohol at private bars. Prohibition agents were underpaid and not trained making them not useful at all against gangster who had lots of money and bribed the agents. This ruined the United States. Most people heavily disliked the 18th Amendment. Citations Roaring Twenties Almanac and Primary Sources pg. 95 Howes, Kelly King., and Julie Carnagie. The Roaring Twenties. Farmington Hills, MI: UXL, 2006. Print. "Prohibition." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 04 Jan. 2014. "How Prohibition Backfired and Gave America an Era of Gangsters and Speakeasies."The Observer. Guardian News and Media, 26 Aug. 2012. Web. 05 Jan. 2014. "Teaching With Documents: The Volstead Act and Related Prohibition Documents." The Volstead Act. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Jan. 2014. "Repeal of Prohibition." Repeal of Prohibition. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Jan. 2014
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