How successful was the prohibition and was it necessary?

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During the 1920’s the United States passed an amendment which included a ban on the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcohol . Many problems occurred as a result of the Great Depression, which also occurred during this time, and alcohol became a scapegoat. Prohibitionists believed that alcohol lowered American morals and was considered a sin; people who sold it were the “Devil’s Servants” . However, alcohol was deeply rooted into the lives of many people. They did not view alcohol as negatively as the prohibitionists. Organizations like the Anti-Saloon League and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union successfully pushed for the passage of this ban however not everyone accepted the ban so they found various ways of obtaining alcohol; the law forbid alcohol yet people ignored it making the Prohibition seem unnecessary. Alcohol is a versatile product. It is used in medicines, beverages, cooking, and as a way of making a living. It is quite difficult to try to change something rooted into American culture with just a law. Certain recipes require alcohol as an ingredient; women who served these types of food to their families are technically breaking the law. But for these people to change the recipe because of a law would be considered depriving them of their cultural rights. Alcohol was a way for people to earn a living; for some it was the only source of income as well. Alcohol is a portable form of grain, it served as a pesticide and in some parts of the west it was used as currency . Banning alcohol took away so many things, especially those that may have been detrimental to the economy. Norman H. Clark stated that after the passage of the 18th amendment, which included the Prohibition, alcohol consumption did decrease ... ... middle of paper ... ... adults of that time may have gone as far as to deliberately violate the prohibition laws but the newer generations may follow them as a result of their education. In passing these laws, the government acknowledges that drinking is a potential problem and that problems that are caused by drinking will not be tolerated. 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.
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