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Prohibition And The Great Depression

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America was going through some dark and turbulent times throughout the twenties and thirties. The Great Depression was sinking in and many American’s could not find an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. Moreover, alcohol was deemed illegal to consume, purchase, or sell anywhere in the country. All of the privately owned distilleries that were once legit and lucrative business had to close its doors. However, when these doors closed, another opened. The introduction of bootlegging and organized crime quickly made its presence known in the early 20th century. The “Black Market” era that contained the Prohibition concepts that Congressmen deemed necessary created an illegal market that was so immense that even law enforcement officers could be easily bribed. So many individuals enjoyed drinking all types of alcohol, but with the law of Prohibition also came a devastating effect on the economy. First, lost taxes and revenues from legal jobs helped raise the unemployment rate which resulted in the first sightings of the Great Depression. [1] The social experiment that President Herbert Hoover believed that would help America grow was not going in his favor. The idea of removing alcohol from the saloons in hoping for people to find entertainment elsewhere was not going to plan. In fact, the unintended consequences proved to be deteriorating in amusement and entertainment industries across the spectrum. When patrons decide to visit their local restaurant, alcohol was not on the menu. Restaurant owners were forced to close down and declare bankruptcy because they could not afford the rent without legal liquor sales. [2] ...

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...e organized crime foundation. The advent of the Great Depression caused a huge change in American opinion about Prohibition. Economic issues crippled the country, and it just didn't make sense to those suffering that the country couldn't profit from the legal taxation of alcohol. After all, the gangsters and bootleggers certainly seemed to benefit. The black markets that result from prohibitions represent institutionalized criminal exchanges. These criminal exchanges, or victimless crimes, often involve violent criminal acts. Prohibition and all that it brings is closely associated with organized crime. Violence is used in black markets and criminal organizations to enforce contracts, maintain market share, and defend sales territory. The crime and violence that occurred during the late 1920s and early 1930s was a major reason for the repeal of Prohibition. [5]
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