The government passed prohibition quickly and because of that there was room for mistakes and without citizens input the law was not enforced. Enforcement was established to ensure that prohibition was enforced, but with getting little to nothing for trying to enforce it, the government was having trouble finding people to act as enforcement. With the lack of enforcement and the high demand for alcohol, people began to make alcohol illegally. Some people came to be known as bootleggers and found ways to bring alcohol into America, speakeasies were created and people did nothing to try and follow prohibition, going against their government. In 1919, the government dec... ... middle of paper ... ...ment came to end Prohibition.
Prohibition also greatly impacted the drinking habits of today in a couple of ways. Before Prohibition, most people drank in moderation in public places. Once Prohibition took place, public drinking was outlawed, thus people who insisted on drinking began producing and storing alcohol in there homes. This made alcohol greatly accessible in the homes of the poor and others who before were not drinking. With alcohol always in your home and by your side, drinking became more popular and more common.
But after the war, the idea came up again and since nothing was really happening in the country interest for the cause grew. World war 1 was a great win for the temperance groups beca... ... middle of paper ... ...legal. Although this was horrible for the people they decided along with the gangs that they would make alcohol and sell it illegally on the black market to the people who were against the movement. The most famous gang to make money off of the movement was the infamous Al capon gang. They would make alcohol in tubs in apartment buildings.743 After the government realized that there was no chance to stop the consumption of alcohol and again but this time with age limits.
A counterculture is a group that is disobedient towards the larger society by not following their norms, values, and practices and make up their own (Thomas). An example of a counterculture would be the moonshiners in the 1920s era when they illegally made alcohol during the Prohibition because the rest of society had to follow the law of not being allowed to manufacture alcohol, but moonshiners dismissed this law and made their own (Rosenberg). In the 1920s, after the American Revolution, most people fulfilled their weekend activities with alcohol consumption (Rosenberg). Societies organized a Temperance movement in which they tried various techniques to try to dissuade citizens from drinking because they thought that the alcoholics were causing society’s tribulations like crime; however they did not work that well so they started focusing on trying to complete ban any alcoholic consumption (Rosenberg). It was in 1919 that the 18th Amendment was ratified, stating that it was illegal to sell and manufacture alcohol, and it went into effect during the 1920s (Blumenthal).
Since the drinking was on the rise after the American Revolution, a number of societies were organized as part of the new Temperance movement. The Temperance movement tried to persuade people not to get intoxicated. After several decades, the movement then focused on the complete prohibition on alcohol consumption. The movement blamed alcohol for the society ills, epically crime and murder. Also claimed that it would stop husbands from spending all the family income on alcohol and prevent accidents on the workforce caused by people who drank during lunch.
They lead the fight against alcohol and were a large factor in passing the 18th amendment. Women especially wanted to ban alcohol because their husb... ... middle of paper ... ...berties and freedoms and alcohol as an American past time. The prohibition movement caused more problems than when alcohol was legal resulting in the repeal of intoxicating liquors. Arguments arose by each sector of public opinion, but only one could come out on top to set the future of America. Healthy prohibition lost to the cumbersome idea of good times and alcohol.
Prohibition, members of the Temperance movement urged, would stop husbands from spending all the family income on a... ... middle of paper ... ...required to sell alcohol, and those that did still had difficulty obtaining alcohol to serve. Some legal establishments were forced to buy directly from speakeasies and bootleggers. Others opened up stock remaining from pre-Prohibition days as well as bottles purchased in the ensuing years under medicinal permits. (Brayton) President Roosevelt helped end prohibition. In 1933, wide spread disillusionment (disappointment) led congress to ratify the 21st amendment, which repealed prohibition.
At 18 years of age in the U.S, one can vote, smoke, serve on a jury, get married, and even die for their country yet they cannot have a glass of wine. Despite the fact that so-called adults have the right to make their own decisions, they are not allowed to consume alcohol until the golden age of 21. This law has caused those who are under the age of 21 to be tempted to break the law every time they want to consume alcohol. Lowering the drinking age to 18 would encourage people to drink responsibly and it would reduce traffic accidents that are caused by people driving under the influence. It is believed that alcohol originated around the Mesopotamian area thousands of years ago.
But, keeping the drinking age at 21 avoids negative effects of alcohol consummation before 21, and it allows for less violence in the community. However, our society’s specific age approach tends to come down to restricting the freedoms of the young and increasing their punishments. Debate over the drinking age has been a long battle over the years and has only gotten worse. Almost every other country besides America sets the drinking age at 18. Is a 19 year-old responsible enough to go to war yet not order an alcoholic drink at a bar?
The selling of Alcohol flourished under Al Capone’s control, he began the reign of organized crime (Al Capone). The law which began this downfall in US history is commonly called the Volstead Act after Andrew J. Volstead (National Prohibition 1). This law outlawed any buying, selling, producing, or transporting of any intoxicating beverages (i.e. alcohol). The government was attempting to reduce violence that alcohol introduced, but more importantly they were trying to enforce the religious view of morality.