The mass of this huge increase found itself toiling in factories and sweatshops and living in horrible social conditions; getting drunk was there only highlight in life. Prohibition is the legal ban on the manufacture and sale of intoxicating drink (“Temperance, Prohibition, Alcoholism” 1). The term also denotes those periods in history when such bans have been in force, as well as the political and social movements condoning them. This method of liquor control was most often aimed at preventing alcoholism and thus removing a social, physical, and economic harm from society. Many Americans, religious leaders, and political leaders saw alcohol as the key to all that was evil, a curse on the nation.
There were high crime rates and fighting problems” (Dannenbaum). Some people blamed the root of this violence to be alcohol, “In the past, crime and alcohol were associated and was believed that alcohol was the main source of evil power” (Dannenbaum). Many citizens believed that alcohol was a central factor in bad decision making. People used this angle of violence and alcohol to pave the road for the Prohibition. Many did not just want a gradual decrease in the production and distribution of alcohol, but wanted it stopped swiftly and instantaneously.
This could almost be deemed as a fail in american history, because America created a whole bunch of new conflicts that were not their before. Bootleg alcohol, the mafia, al Capone. These things only aroused because of the Prohibition Act. So all in all, the prohibition act caused more crime, by having Alcohol need to be sold illegal, the rise of the mafia, and just the anger by all Americans.
When the Prohibition law was passed in 1920, innocent people suffered, organized crime grew, government officials (police, court, politicians, ect.) became corrupt, disrespect for the law grew, and the consumption of prohibited substance increased. If America has learned anything from it?s past, prohibiting people in a democratic society causes more and more problems. Legalization also brings on a bunch of other problems, which makes this issue more complicated. The answers aren?t going to fall into place.
Throughout the temperance movement, numerous leaders came forth on both sides of the war against and for prohibition. The fight for prohibition and the reasoning behind it was not worth the costs it seemed to carry along. The repeal of the 18th amendment was certainly the right choice for America after attempting to be a sober country caused more turmoil than before and divided the country during the 1920's. Americans fighting for their countries' sobriety had many arguments to back their desires of a changed lifestyle. Alcohol was drawing Americans into saloons, which was a place to drink, gamble, and it promoted prostitution.
There were large numbers of saloons opening up and many also incorporated gambling and prostitution. Some religious communities, women’s Christian groups and politicians thought the use of alcohol was immoral and sinful, and wanted to create a reformed society where people would give up drinking. By taking the licenses away from the manufacturers of alcohol and the places of business, through the Prohibition Act, they hoped this would turn society around. https://prohibition.osu.edu/why-prohibition W... ... middle of paper ... ...consequences of the abuse of alcohol and how it affects the rest of society. A lot was learned from those fourteen years and those lessons are important today.
What is the catalyst responsible for his apprehension; is it his poor choices or is it the alcohol he drank? Obviously, it is the alcohol followed by his choice to drink and drive which inhibited necessary basic skills that got him arrested. The usage of alcohol was a controversial issue a century ago after a religious movement which led to the passage of the 18th Amendment, banning the usage of alcoholic beverages. This period, called the Prohibition Era by many, occurred for many reasons which impacted the US for decades. Some causes for the ratification of the 18th Amendment were a moral issue, women’s suffrage, and discrimination.
The Prohibition began with the intention of bettering the nation. Ideally the law should have worked, people should have stopped drinking, crime rates should have gone down, and people should have felt morally uplifted. However the laws did not have that effect on the nation. In fact, the Prohibition had a completely different outcome. As demonstrated in Prohibition: The Era of Excess, by Andrew Sinclair, the Prohibition was bound to fail to some extent because it set laws too strict to be fully followed and too conservative to satisfy the public.
Capone had a big role in taking advantage of the 18th amendment, the prohibition of alcohol. The 18th Amendment was passed because alcohol made America look too filthy and the government worried about its reputation. With many other gangsters, Al Capone started the road of money making by selling alcohol to the citizens, just like before, but this time it was illegal and costs much more money than it was sold before. Al Capone wanted all the power to himself, so he established the idea of illuminating his rivals, the people that practically stole money off his wallet. The killing ideas became too serious, promoting many police searches , but with so many places to hide, Al Capone continued running his organization with the assistant of his good friends.
Socially we were heavily affected because many people had been a part of the movements and children that had the classes to teach them how alcohol was bad were never going to just “un-learn” it all. The prohibition was a huge failure but it did prove some of the dangers to come with hard liquors and it also made the government put laws in place to insure that Americans would drink in moderation. These are things like no drinking and driving, also there is a limit on how much alcohol you can have in you, and certain places are dry (no alcohol). Also, because the movement did not completely dry America as a whole the alcohol industry has boomed. If you watch TV, liquor commercials are everywhere and Prohibition in itself may have had something to do with the escalation of media display of alcoholic beverages.