She destroyed Kansas saloons with her hatchet, which gained her a lot of publicity for the temperance movement but also, eventually, got her arrested. The movement was also supported by those who saw the growth of cities as sinful because of the liquor and bars that come with them. Others saw that the making of liquor was a waste of grain that could be put to use feeding the soldiers. Many other reasons were looked at as bad results of alcohol, which just made the temperance movement grow in strength (King). By 1902 almost all states had temperance instruction laws for schools (Johnson).
“Prohibition succeeded in replacing good beer with bad gin.” (Digital History) The 18th Amendment was put to use to prohibit the sale and the intake of alcoholic beverages. However, by passing the 18th Amendment, the government ultimately helped to contribute to the downfall of American culture and the increase in the crime rate. People no longer wanted to be involved in public activities away from their homes. These, along with others, were all the effects of the government enforcing the amendment, essentially deciding what the people could or could not drink. On the midnight of January 16, 1920, the United States went dry; this was the beginning of the Prohibition.
Lowering the drinking age Lowering the drinking age to eighteen would cause many problems. The idea of lowering the drinking age should not be a suggestion considering the huge problems caused by having the legal drinking age as twenty- one. A few state laws allow underage drinking, as long as an adult is present. Many argue that making it illegal to drink under the age of twenty-one, has influenced teens to go against this law even more. This has increased the chance of teenage lives to became endangered.
Eventually on December 5, 1933, the government finally decided to repeal the act which caused a slew of issues and seemed to cause more distress among some of the head honchos of the alcohol business imparticularly, hotels which soon faced heavy competition also. Both the Prohibition and its repeal caused a disruption in profit for a large array of groups in the alcohol business. After the Prohibition and the Volstead Act had taken place, the underground alcohol business sky-rocketed (which was not intended by enforcing this Act). The Act was enforced so that the government would be able to gross more capital from the alcohol business by taxing the distributors, producers, and manufactures and banning certain types of alcohol from getting sold. As a result, moonshiners were committed to keeping the alcohol business intact and free of government taxing and regulation so they soon started making stealthy foot steps towards making secret, low-key distilleries.
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Although Prohibition's aim was to decrease drunkenness and crime, it would ultimately cause more harm than good with the emergence of speakeasies which kept people drunk and gangs who increased crime rates. Ultimetley Prohibition, also known as the “Nobel Experiment”, was a law that neither rid the US of crime or liquor; one could even argue it worsened these two factors of American society. As World War I ended people began to bring their attentions back to the domestic issues of the United States, specifically drunkenness. The average person in 1910 was consuming about 1.6 gallons of alcohol, which led to everything from general drunkenness to abuse within families and this was not a new problem either; since the mid 1800s temperance movements had been popping up across the United States. These temperance movements were more within small towns though and had little to no effect on big cities, but were becoming increasingly popular expecially with religious groups, who believed drinking led to sinful behavior and with women, mostly of whom were abused by their drunk husbands (Brown, 704).
At first, many people supported the idea and felt that prohibition would greatly increase the average American’s quality of life. They also saw an increase in crime and felt that Prohibition would help to make those numbers fall and work out some of the social problems of the 20’s. Although supporters were always around, many American’s were angry and appalled by the law. Saloons and liquor was a big part of many peoples life and only a handful of them were willing to give it up. With this brought many problems that prohibition was thought to fix.