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Prohibition

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The prohibition era lasted from 1920 to 1933. Many people, especially politicians running for office during this time, wanted to see the sale and manufacturing of alcohol banned. Prohibition in the United States was a plan that politicians designed in order to put a stop to drinking. They wanted to reduce drinking by eliminating all businesses that either manufactured, distributed, or sold alcoholic beverages. The Eighteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution took away licenses to do business from the all brewers, distillers, vintners, and the sales of alcoholic beverages.
These leaders that came up with the idea of a prohibition movement were distraught over the behavior of Americans when they were drinking or drunk. Their concern was that the culture of drink among many sectors of the population was spreading due to the fact there was a continuance of immigration from Europe. Prohibitionists felt that alcohol was very dangerous for the American society. They felt certain that it would destroy lives and cause disruption in the everyday life of families and their communities. By banning sales and consumption of alcoholic beverages, they felt they could protect the citizens and prevent corruption from happening.
Although drinking liquor had been prohibited by law and many drinking establishments had disappeared, people began to find other ways to obtain their alcoholic beverages illegally. Shortly after the Amendment banning all alcoholic beverage sales was enforced, illegal drinking establishments were opened throughout the whole country. Even people living out in the country learned methods to start making their own alcoholic beverages. They build stills and hid them deep in the woods and started moonshining. This w...

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