In doing this, the advocates of prohibition hoped to also eradicate the social problems associated with alcohol. “It was an attempt to promote Protestant middle-class culture as a means of imposing order on a disorderly world”(Dumenil 226). However, this goal of keeping social order through not consuming alcohol, was not reached during the years of prohibition, or even the years following it. Alcohol use among Americans did decline, but it was not totally eliminated, and some of the social problems were even greater then before prohibition. Therefore prohibition was not successful in its original purpose.
Moonshiners were around before the 1920s, mostly in Tennessee and more southern states, however they were not as popular until Prohibition became in effect (Saloon). The people making the alcohol used to worry about the quality of the alcohol, however onc... ... middle of paper ... ...ishment in order for people to enjoy something they love. Ultimately, I do not agree with this counterculture because of the law they were breaking. I do not think anyone should go against or sneak around the government in any way. I think every law is made for a reason and if one culture does not follow them it could cause others to follow, and then there would be no order in our society.
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.
People that agreed with prohibition didn't realize that even without alcohol this issues would still exist, especially because they couldn't truly enforce the law. All that opposed figured out that it would majorly impact americas revenue and peoples freedoms. Also because peoples freedoms were taken away others would sneak around the law causing crime. Even though it was a failure because of america's lack of profit, rise of crime, and the loopholes within the law; it helped create foundations around the subject of alcohol like how it was harder to receive alcohol so americans would drink less and the regulations of the sale of alcohol. Prohibition, The noble experiment, was a failure but it helped us to regulate the situation and lead us to realize the wrongs and rights of this law.
The government supports the belief that people are not ready or responsible enough for alcohol until this age. However, various professors and researchers are discovering ways to disprove this belief. These people think that reducing the drinking age to eighteen would influence our country in a positive way. Not only do minors support this idea, but there are numerous people and organizations that support the idea of lowering the drinking age as well. The current drinking law is counterproductive in our society because it’s not effective in eliminating underage drinking, and leads to unsafe situations such as drunk driving and alcohol poison instigated deaths.
That is what happened in the 1920’s when the 18th amendment passed to end sales, production, and distribution of alcohol. During WWI, the government came quickly to pass prohibition to decrease the alcohol consumption, but with little enforcement there were higher organized crimes for wealth, as portrayed by Jay Gatsby in Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. During WWI, the government shut down breweries and distilleries for a period of time because they saw other needs for the grain. Many argued that the grains used to distill alcohol were needed instead for food because of the grain shortage during the war. The government passed prohibition quickly and because of that there was room for mistakes and without citizens input the law was not enforced.
As the law was not fair, the arguments for keeping the law fell through. Congress believed that Prohibition was the reason for the country's economy was so strong, but when the Wall Street Crash occurred, it was obvious that Prohibition was not the magic formula for success. Overall, I think that Prohibition failed mainly due to the fact that it was extremely unpopular law, and it was impossible to enforce. The law didn't work: The gangsters had too much of an influence over the police, and the law did not state it was illegal to drink alcohol. Prohibition denied people the right to freedom of speech or choice, which Americans expect and are accustomed to.
At the time prohibition was also separating the social classes and making issues for those less prominent in the community. Holes in the government’s plans were beginning to show through leading up to the 21st Amendment and the ratification of the 13th. Prohibition failed to limit consumption and was actually costing the US more than originally expected. However according to Dr. Jack Blocker’s article, “Alcohol Prohibition as a Public Health Innovation” the claim that prohibition failed is actually false and failed only because voters became blinded by priorities over the Great Depression. With the amount of money being made on the illegal sale of alcohol was consumption really limited, or did Americans see a chance to overcome poverty and ratify the Amendment.
One of these teachings was that alcohol and its effects were evil so people in the ‘Bible Belt’ did not consume alcohol anyway so the bans there meant no change for the majority of the citizens so of course a ban on alcohol would work there. Another factor that could have led to prohibition succeeding was the issue that it was German-Americans who were m... ... middle of paper ... ...ance of bribes all over American as shown by the cartoon ‘The National Gesture’. The arrests that were made for alcohol related offences increased during prohibition, which shows that people were willing to break the law, and that alcohol was still readily available. This made failure likely because it demonstrates how people did not listen to nor care about the law and intended to ignore it whatever the consequence. The sources present more reasons why the failure of prohibition was inevitable even though they do also say that there was a chance of it succeeding.
It was more like who didn’t prohibition effect? America was split between those who cared for the cause, and those who were persistently pursuing a repeal of the amendment. The government as a whole was pro-prohibition, of course, since they, along with some persuasion from groups such as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, ratified the amendment in the first place (Lerner 171). Despite this, not all government officials were for the cause, and turned a blind eye to the making of selling of alcohol; that or they themselves would become bootleggers. A new form of gangsters, bootleggers’ felonies of selling alcohol became a very profitable business (Kyvig).